Staten Island Weddings

Three Tips For Planning A Winter Wedding

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When it comes to getting married, there’s a lot of planning that goes into having the best day you can. You need to pick a venue, make a guest list, hire a caterer, and taste many different flavors of cakes. Although, tasting as much cake as you can seems like the opposite of a problem.

If you’re considering having your wedding in the winter season, there are a few things you should be keeping in mind. Check out these three tips that if followed, will ensure you have a flawless winter wonderland wedding.

Don’t Forget That Things Are More Expensive In The Winter

A lot of people don’t know this about winter but the prices for most things go up when the temperature goes down. Flights become more expensive, the prices of hotel rooms shoot up, and florists inflate their prices to cover the struggle of having flowers in the cold season. If you’re planning on having a destination winter wedding, or just a winter wedding in general, be prepared to spend more than usual.

Integrate Winter Themes Into Your Décor

After you’ve picked the venue for your wedding and reception, there are still loads to do. You’ll have to pick the centerpieces that go on the tables, the party favors that your guests will take away, and the overall feel for the environment. If you’re having a winter wedding, you might want to consider incorporating the season into your theme and decorations. You could even save some money by creating paper snowflakes yourself at home and using them to decorate your venue.

Take The Harsh Winter Weather Into Account

Couples, more often than not, prefer to have their actual ceremony outdoors. If your wedding is going to take place in the winter and you’re having the ceremony outdoors then you should be taking the weather into account. When you pick out your bridesmaid dresses, are you thinking about how warm they’ll be? What about your guests who will be sitting outside watching you tie the knot? You might want to consider renting a tent or a canopy to help keep your wedding party warm. Sure, you’ll have a beautiful looking ceremony, but at what cost?

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3 Sites to Find Wedding Inspiration Online

When planning a wedding, sometimes it is difficult to find a source of inspiration. And instead of typing in something generic like “wedding inspiration” into Google and being bombarded, we took the liberty of seeking out the best apps and websites to help you get inspired and plan your special day. Below are three different sites and apps that we found for wedding inspiration.

1) Pinterest

Pinterest is a site that is used mostly by brides. It provides a wide variety of images to draw inspiration from in categories such as floral arrangements, table settings, photo poses, and their dress/ accessories. One of the best things about Pinterest, in our opinion, is looking through the different wedding photos and seeing what poses or photo ideas you like best. You can also find and follow local photographers, this is a great way to compare different photographers in order to figure out which one you would like to work with. If you are looking for more tips on what to look for in a wedding photographer, click here to view on blog post on this topic.

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2) Wed Pics

For those of you who know what Wed Pics is, which is an app that collects photos your friends took of you on your wedding day, you might be thinking, “I have not gotten married yet, how will this app help me?” This is a great resource to reference details of weddings from your friends or family members that you loved. You can also use this app for a wedding check list, to list your bridal registry, and to keep track of who you have invited to your event and who will be attending. Wed Pics also has a blog that offers great planning tips as well.

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3) Wedding Wire App

The WeddingWire app for Android offers plenty of tools to manage your wedding planning from anywhere, and it is a great way to research vendors and compare prices. Search through tons of local wedding professionals, read newlywed reviews, and get advice from other couples around the world. Browse galleries for the perfect dress, invitations, and jewelry. You can also manage your to-do list, budget, guest list, and more. This is the perfect tool for a couple who is looking for an app that can inspire them and help them plan their big day.

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4 Things to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

When planning your wedding, it is easy to overlook to importance of a wedding photographer for your special day. However, having a great photographer is much more important than just hiring someone who happens to own a camera. It’s about finding someone whose style you adore and a personality that you mesh well with. Below are our top four things to look for when hiring a wedding photographer.

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1) How to Know If You Have Found the Right Photographer

Start by viewing your potential photographer’s portfolio. Do their pictures tell a story? What are other brides saying about them? Think of the story you want your images to tell your friends and family when you share them with them, does this photographer tell the same story you would like to with their images? If after you meet with your photographer you feel they can tell your story, then you should do some research on them and find out what kind of skills they have.

2) A Photographer Who Poses You vs A Photojournalist Style Photographer

Do you want your pictures to look natural and unexpected as you experience your special day? Or do you want your wedding party and yourself to be posed and not caught off guard? Basically this debate comes down to this: do you want your pictures to look like everybody else’s but have a timeless element to them, or do you want them to be trendy and creative? In our opinion, this is one of the toughest decisions to make. This is why we would recommend doing two different engagement sessions: one with a photographer who poses you and one with a photojournalistic photographer. This will give you a good idea of what style you are looking for. You can even schedule a mini session with the photographer you are thinking of hiring in order to make your decision process even easier.

3) Finding a Photographer Whose Personality Meshes Well with Yours

You are going to be spending a full day with your photographer on the most important day of your life, it is important that the three of you get along. A wedding photographer with a personality that matches your own is important to the overall experience of your wedding, and will allow you to feel an ease of mind knowing that you won’t have any disagreements with your photographer on your special day.

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4) Keep the Budget You Have Allotted for your Photographer in Mind

When seeking a photographer, don’t get caught up in the amount of products each photographer is promising. Stay focused on the actual quality of the work provided. Keep in mind that you cannot change the quality of the photographs taken at the wedding after the wedding day. If you are concerned about the price of your photographer, you can always limit what is included in your package by delaying when you purchase your wedding album and physical prints. If you can, always keep at least two photographers in your package. If you keep these five tips in mind when hiring your Wedding Photographer, you are sure to find someone who will fit in your budget, suit your personality, and will have the style you are looking for.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Photo Booth

The photo booth first made its way into our hearts during the Worlds Fair in 1889. It would take nearly 40 years for the Photo Booth to finally find itself in New York City, and then eventually across America. In the 1990s Photo Booths were thought to have reached their peak with the invention of the digital camera, turns out photo booths are back and better then ever. There are so many reasons to hire a photo booth for your wedding, here are five of our favorites.

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1) Fun Factor

Photo booths allow everyone to get together and have some fun. There are tons of different props that you can use to be as creative and wacky as you would like.

2) Time Filler

A photo booth can be an excellent time filler, making it a great way to combat the sometimes lengthy pre-reception wait. The photo booth also serves as an ice breaker for your guests to be wacky, let loose, and have some fun while they wait for you to make your grant entrance.

3) Wedding Favours

The photos that your guests can take of themselves and with their dates, friends, family, and the lucky couple are ones that they will treasure for a long time to come. And they are certainly a unique wedding favour to give to your guests. Instead of giving them another candle, you know the old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words.

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4) Guestbook

A photo booth makes a fun and memorable alternative to a more formal guestbook. It is one that you and your partner will look through again and again and feel the memories of your special day each time you look through the photos.

5) Memories

Like we stated before, a picture is worth a thousand words, the photos captured during your photo booth will definitely be memorable. And they will be something that you and your guests will look back upon as the years go on.

If you are looking for a photo booth for your next party, we here at Staten Island Party Rentals work with a number of different vendors in the area. Let us know if you are looking to book one when you call us to book your next event.

Summer Wedding Tips

From May until August couples are dashing to the wedding altar for a number of reasons. One of them being that summer weather allows a couple to get married in the great outdoors. Below are some of Staten Island Party Rentals summer wedding tips and tricks to help make planning your summer wedding a breeze.

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The Setting

Summer weddings are perfect for outdoor nuptuals. Whether they be on a beach, a garden, or a beautiful yard, take advantage of the season with either an afternoon ceremony or a gorgious sunset ceremony. We would highly recommend using fresh fruits and vegetables to add a fresh pop of color with your decorations – they are both colorful and inexpensive items to make a space look light and airy.

Summer Attire for the Bridal Party

In order to stay cool during your outdoor ceremony, look for light weight fabrics such as organdy, linen, chiffon, crepe, georgette, and light weight silks. The gown won’t feel heavy and the material is very breathable so that you won’t sweat as much as you would if your gown was made of tulle and a heavy silk such as a brocade or a tussah. And for the men, instead of a wool suit, opt for one made of linen. Trust us, your groom will thank you for it.

Some trends to try out for the upcoming Spring 2016 bridal season is having your bridal party wear floral crowns in their hair or having your maid of honor wear a woven hat. And if you know that your wedding is going to be humid, why not try having your bridal party rock some fishtail braided buns? They look very chic and are a nice twist on a well known classic.

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Summer Foods

Take advantage of the fresh fruits of the summer such as watermelon, and berries, and fresh vegetables such as corn. You can even incorporate them with your drinks by serving refreshing granitas and sorbets. Another way to incorporate the flavors of summer into your wedding is to incorporate fresh seafood, including lobster and oysters into your menu. Or, you can always opt for a good ol’ fashion backyard bbq, especially if you are getting married in July.

Wedding Favors

Wedding favors one the fun way to tell your guests, “thank you for wittnessing this next step in our lives”. If you are a foodie, you may want to send your guests home with some fresh fruit. Or for a beach wedding, you might consider giving out sand dollars, seashells, or candles. If you know your wedding is going to be during a hot day, paper parasols and paper fans are perfect for keeping your guests cool. Or you can give your guests the gift of life by giving them seeds to plant flowers, fruits, or vegetables.

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Summer Wedding Flowers

Flowers are one of the most essential parts of your wedding. You can fill the scene with bright and cheerful flowers such as roses, sunflowers, red and yellow calla lilies, dahlias, gerber daisies, cosmos, mums, and zinnias. Or you can go with an airy summer look with mostly white and light colored flowers such as roses, stephanotis, white phlox, elegant white calla lilies, huge and fragrant casa blanca lilies, hydrangea, snowball mums, and daisies (also known as Shasta daisies). The possibilities are endless!

We hope these tips and tricks will make planning your wedding a breeze. And for all of your wedding needs, give Staten Island Party Rentals a call. We are offering new canapy and tent packages exclusively for weddings. You can reach us at 347.723.1825.