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Wedding Showcase

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First things first, let us say congratulations to all those who got engaged on New Year’s Eve! It’s such an exciting time for you! I would guess there are lunches planned to show off your new ring, and to tell the details of how he proposed. Starting off the new year engaged can set you off on the right foot to plan your wedding throughout the year. It also allows us to set you on the right path when you attend our wedding showcase this Thursday, January, 8th at 7PM.
This the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best wedding venues in Long Island by walking around the venue, checking out the lakefront views, the size of the venue, and imagining what your wedding would be like here. If you would like your own personal tour with one of our staff members, just set an appointment before the showcase, and we’d be happy to show your around.
Not only are you getting a chance to check out Windows on the Lake, but we believe we have assembled the Best Wedding Team in Long Island! Attending our showcase will allow you to meet the absolute best vendors Long Island has to offer. And you’ll be seeing them all in one place, and on the same night. Think about how much information you can get, and how much you can accomplish by attending this showcase. By meeting these vendors and sharing with them your ideas, and goals, you will be able to assemble your perfect wedding team and begin to put your vision into action. Here are some vendors that will be in attendance at our showcase.
DJ and other types of Entertainment
Florists
Men’s Apparel
Bridal Gowns
Photographers
Videographers
Travel Agents to discuss Honeymoon packages
Clergy
Local lodging for visiting guests
Luxury Car companies
Event Coordinators
Hair Stylists
Makeup Artists
Event Works
Specialty Wedding Cake creators

When you attend our showcase you’ll be treated with some complimentary champagne, and you’ll get to meet our pastry chef who has prepared a variety of dessert samples for you to taste. He will also be available to discuss any type of options for your cake, as well as filling, and any other decorations ideas so that you’ll have the perfectly customized cake for your wedding!
If you are recently engaged, and starting to put together your plans for your big day, do not miss our wedding showcase. Admission is free, but the information you’ll receive is priceless.
Just click on the link below to register. See you there!
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Planning an Anniversary Party

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Celebrating an anniversary is a monumental event.  Not only is it a commemoration of the couple’s lasting commitment to one another, but it’s also a special time to look back on the good memories they and their family have had.   This is a great time to get family and friends together to celebrate this special day.

 

Depending on how long the couple has been married, some couples will prefer a small celebration just with immediate family.  But if it’s a landmark year, it would be great to invite extended family, and friends and have a grand party  to honor the committed couple.

 

While getting plans together it’s best to put together a list.  The sooner you put a list together, the more organized you will be.  Thinking of all there is to do can be overwhelming, but if you itemize everything accordingly, then you’ll have the time to do everything, which will keep you from any anxiety attacks.

You should have lists for two months before the party, and a final checklist a couple weeks before the party.

 

Two Months Before:

 

What date is the party?  If the actual anniversary is during the week, it’s still better to hold the party on a weekend.  That way all who desire to be there, can attend.

 

Where are you having the party? If you are having a small celebration then maybe a restaurant, or even someone’s home will suffice.  But if you are having a larger celebration there are a number of locations to choose from.  Many will look to the best banquet halls in Long Island, but depending on when the party is, you may be able to pin down one of the best Long Island wedding venues during the wedding offseason.

 

Who’s invited? Think about who the special couple would like to have at their event, and get those invites sent out.  The sooner you get the RSVP’s back the better.

 

Set your budget. Deciding on what you want or are able to spend on the big day.  If you set a budget, then assign things to some of the immediate family, you can have a great anniversary party without having everything coming from your pocket.

 

What’s everyone going to eat? Decide if you would prefer to serve the food yourself or would you like to have the party catered.  Some Long Island wedding venues have on-site catering.  If you are having a large party it would be a huge stress relief to have the event catered.

 

Two Week Checklist

 

Decor. Because this is a anniversary party, the decor you set up can be very simple.  I would suggest thinking of the couple and centering the decorations around them.  Maybe some pictures from when they were younger, including their wedding picture.  You could hang a “Happy Anniversary” banner where people are walking in.

 

Music It is important to decide if you want a live band, or a DJ.  Either way, you’ll want to book them about a month before the party.  If you know it’s  busy time for weddings, you may want to even book them earlier. If you are in the middle of wedding season, you might not want to compete with those high prices and just put a playlist together on your iPod.  It would be easier to rent a PA, and play the music yourself.  But if you are in the wedding offseason, it will be really special to have professionals in charge of the music.

 

Speeches You can invite those who will be giving speeches a couple weeks before the party, so they don’t stress for months on what to say.  A couple weeks is enough time to think about and decide what to say.  You might want to invite the couple’s oldest child, or one of their siblings, or a best friend to give a speech.  Make sure they are people who are comfortable with public speaking, and make sure they won’t drink to much before they speak.  You should also invite the couple to say a few words.  Everyone will want to hear from them.  Just inform them what time of the evening they’ll be speaking.

 

With these simple checklists, you’ll be able to plan an excellent anniversary party.  Seeking out the best banquet halls in Long Island, could be a great solution to any issues involving food, or space.  Remember, this is a special event, so make sure you and the celebrated couple have a great time.

 

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How to choose a wedding venue in autumn

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You have chosen to have your wedding in the Fall season.  It’s a beautiful time of year to get married.  But there are a number of things to consider when planning a wedding in Autumn.  One in particular is choosing the right wedding venue to fit your theme and this specific season.  Once you pin down the location, you can decide on what decorations you’ll have, and what colors you want to use.  Here are some things to think about when planning a wedding in Autumn.

Where do you want to have your wedding? Think about where you want this momentous occasion to be. Because it’s autumn, obviously you’ll want a Long Island wedding venue that has indoor facilities.  But I would advise that there be somewhere for people to spend some time outside, at least during the day.  Again, it’s autumn on Long Island. There will be an autumn backdrop naturally laid out for you, and you’ll want your guests to be able to be surrounded by it.  The fall colors of the trees, and crisp autumn air will add a perfect natural decor for your special day.  So while by nightfall, people will want to be inside where it’s nice and warm, make sure you have a place for the guests to experience this amazing season.

While having a wedding in autumn is beautiful, it is important to remember that while the natural colors will be beautiful, it is not a time where gardens are blooming with their natural plumage.  So while the trees will produce their own beauty with the beauty of the leaves changing, make sure that you have the right floral design necessary to go with this type of season.  You don’t want a garden wedding with a garden that is died out for the upcoming winter. Using a great company that supplies, used office furniture long island, will help increase your venue space.

Be sure to plan your wedding in accordance with day light savings.  It gets dark earlier in autumn.  So if you are planning the perfect sunset ceremony, make sure that you remember the time change, and that the sun will set earlier.  Even if you’re not planning a sunset ceremony, be aware of this time change because you don’t want the sun in everyone’s face while they’re trying to watch the beautiful newly wed couple.

It is important to consider what autumn theme you want.  You can go with a more traditional autumn theme that includes a harvest feel, with the usual decor that goes with that. Many when going with that theme will choose a rustic location, maybe a barn, or farm type location.  But there is also the alternate option to go with a more vintage style, with more modern themes.  If you decide on this theme, you will have more options when it comes to venues.  At Windows on the Lake, there are many options to have the perfect autumn wedding with an elegant look, and sophisticated feel.  With a beautiful lake view and outdoor fall setting, but also an indoor venue that will fit all of your autumn wishes.

A final thing to consider when choosing a Long Island wedding venue for your perfect autumn wedding is whether you want to have a wedding venue that will hold your wedding ceremony and your reception.  Some prefer to have separate venues  for each occasion, so figure out which you would prefer, and make sure you have the budget to use multiple venues.  Obviously it’s more practical to use one facility for both events, but it’s your wedding it’s up to you.

The other thing (I know I said final thing, but this is it I promise!), just like any other time of year, it is important to discuss with the Long Island wedding venues what kind of specials they are offering, what they include (tables, chairs, linens, and so on).  Finding the perfect venue with the perfect pricing package will ease your stress, and allow you to continue planning the autumn wedding you’ve always wanted.

 

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Kosher Catering Tips

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Kosher Catering is the type of catering that follows the kashrut, which are the laid out Jewish dietary guidelines.  There are many of these laws, so it takes a great deal of studying, years even, for a kosher caterer to pin them all down.  So at your Long Island wedding, if you want to describe your menu as Kosher, you’ll want to make sure to hire a Kosher caterer.  Make sure they have the expertise to inspect the condition of the food, and kitchen.  There are various things that make a meal kosher.  Such things as the condition of how the animal was slaughtered, or the crop was harvested, conditions of the kitchen, and even the way you prepare the food.  Going with Kosher catering will certify that you’ll be able serve all your guests a guaranteed kosher meal.

You’ll want to find the best kosher catering companies because they always hire caterers that are completely knowledgeable with how to prepare kosher food, and how to serve the food according to the kashrut guidelines.  Most kosher catering companies are proud to make sure everything is done in the proper way to make sure the meal is totally kosher.  It might in your best interest to consult an event planner that understands the Jewish faith and kosher guidelines as far as food prep.

It is important that the slaughter, food preparation, cooking, and the way that the food is served is kosher according to the laws of kashrut.  There are many rules in the kashrut that will govern what makes kosher food kosher.  Here are some commonly understood rules.

  1. If you are eating fish, it must have fins and scales both in order to be kosher.  Therefore, shellfish is not considered kosher.
  2. It is unacceptable to have a kosher meal combined with a glass of milk.
  3. The utensils  you use must also be considered kosher.   Make sure that your kosher utensil doesn’t touch any non kosher food.  Once that happens the utensil will then be considered no longer kosher.  Make sure to be aware of this otherwise, if you use this non kosher utensil on your kosher meal, your meal will then be considered non kosher.
  4. There are certain methods that must be used when slaughtering an animal for food.  A professional will use specific equipment for slaughtering and will do an inspection for any defects may have affected the animal when it died.

 

Kosher catering requires years of studying so that they will be understanding of the Jewish faith, and all the rules that go along with kosher food.  Many catering companies don’t offer kosher catering, so be sure when you are planning your Long Island wedding, find a company a caterer that specializes in kosher catering.  That way you’ll be assured that they will follow the laws so that you’ll be confident in everyone getting a kosher meal.  Windows on the lake has all the necessary experience to provide you with the greatness you’ll expect in a kosher meal.  With over 30 years of experience, you’ll find that they will take all the necessary steps to be certain, your meal will be completely kosher.  http://dev.windowsonthelake.com/kosher-catering/

 

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Information on getting married in New York State

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Where do you get a marriage license?

A couple who intends to be married in New York State must apply in person for a marriage license to any town or city clerk in the state. The application for a license must be signed by both applicants in the presence of the town or city clerk. A representative cannot apply for the license on behalf of the applicants. This applies even if the representative has been given a Power of Attorney. Notarized marriage license affidavits signed by the applicants cannot be substituted for their personal appearance.

Is there a waiting period?

Yes. Although the marriage license is issued immediately, the marriage ceremony may not take place within 24 hours from the exact time that the license was issued. When both applicants are 16 years of age or older, the 24-hour waiting period may be waived by an order of a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the County Court of the county in which either of the applicants resides. If either person is under 16 years of age, the order must be from the Family Court judge of the county in which the person under 16 years of age resides.

How long is the license valid?

A marriage license is valid for 60 calendar days, beginning the day after it is issued.

How much does the license cost?

If the marriage license is issued by a town or city clerk in New York State outside of New York City, it costs $40. This fee includes the issuance of a Certificate of Marriage Registration. This certificate is automatically sent by the issuing clerk to the applicants within 15 calendar days after the completed license is returned by the officiant (person who performs the marriage ceremony). It serves as notice that a record of the marriage is on file. Couples who do not receive a Certificate of Marriage Registration within four weeks of the wedding should contact the town or city clerk who issued the license.

If the license is to be issued by the City Clerk of the City of New York, please contact the New York City Clerk’s Office for current fees and requirements. The City Clerk’s Office can be reached at (212) NEW-YORK or via its web site at New York City Marriage Bureau.

Is a premarital physical exam required?

No premarital examination or blood test is required to obtain a marriage license in New York State.

Who can get married?

Age Requirements

  • If either applicant is under 14 years of age, a marriage license cannot be issued.
  • If either applicant is 14 or 15 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents and a justice of the Supreme Court or a judge of the Family Court having jurisdiction over the town or city in which the application is made.
  • If either applicant is 16 or 17 years of age, such applicant(s) must present the written consent of both parents.
  • If both applicants are 18 years of age or older, no consents are required.
  • One parent alone may consent to a minor’s marriage if:
    • The other parent has been missing for one year preceding the application;
    • The parents are divorced and the consenting parent was given sole custody of the child when the divorce decree was awarded;
    • The other parent has been judged incompetent; or the other parent is deceased.
    • Parents, guardians or other people consenting to the marriage of a minor must personally appear and acknowledge or execute their consent before the town or city clerk or some other authorized official. If the notarized affidavit is made before an official outside of the State of New York, it must be accompanied by a certificate of authentication when the consent is filed in New York State.

Proof of Age and Identity

A person is required to establish proof of age and identity by submitting to the issuing clerk one of the following age related documents:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Baptismal record
  3. Naturalization record
  4. Census record

And one of the following identity related documents:

  1. Driver’s license
  2. Passport
  3. Employment picture ID
  4. Immigration record

Familial Restrictions

A marriage may not take place in New York State between an ancestor and descendant, siblings (full or half blood), an uncle and niece or nephew or an aunt and niece or nephew, regardless of whether or not these persons are legitimate or illegitimate offspring.

Previous Marriages

Information regarding previous marriages must be furnished in the application for a marriage license. This includes whether the former spouse or spouses are living, and whether the applicants are divorced and, if so, when, where and against whom the divorce or divorces were granted. A certified copy of the Decree of Divorce or a Certificate of Dissolution of Marriage may be required by the clerk issuing the marriage license.

Surname Options

Every person has the right to adopt any name by which he or she wishes to be known simply by using that name consistently and without intent to defraud. A person’s last name (surname) does not automatically change upon marriage, and neither party to the marriage is required to change his or her last name. Parties to a marriage need not take the same last name.

One or both parties to a marriage may elect to change the surname by which he or she wishes to be known after the marriage by entering the new name in the appropriate space provided on the marriage license. The new name must consist of one of the following options:

  • the surname of the other spouse;
  • any former surname of either spouse;
  • a name combining into a single surname all or a segment of the premarriage surname or any former surname of each spouse;
  • a combination name separated by a hyphen, provided that each part of such combination surname is the premarriage surname, or any former surname, of each of the spouses.

The use of this option will provide a record of your change of name. The marriage certificate, containing the new name, if any, is proof that the use of the new name, or the retention of the former name, is lawful. The local Social Security Administration office should be contacted so that its records and your social security identification card reflect the name change. There is no charge for this service.

Whether you decide to use or not use this option at the time of your marriage license application, you still have the right to adopt a different name through usage at some future date. However, your marriage license cannot be changed to record a surname you decide to use after your marriage.

If you plan to use your married name at work, be sure to have your name changed in Social Security records. This way, you will get credit for all your earnings. It’s easy and it’s absolutely free. Contact any Social Security office. You can find the address and phone number of your local Social Security Office at http://www.ssa.gov. You will need documentary evidence showing both your old name and your new name.

Where can a marriage take place?

A New York State marriage license may be used within New York State only. Please note that if you go out of New York State to be married, your New York State marriage license will not be filed in New York State.

What about the ceremony?

There is no particular form or ceremony required except that the parties must state in the presence of an authorized public official or authorized member of the clergy and at least one other witness that each takes the other as his or her spouse. There is no minimum age for a witness. However, in selecting a witness, choose at least one person who you feel would be competent to testify in a court proceeding as to what he or she witnessed.

Who can perform a marriage ceremony?

To be valid, a marriage ceremony must be performed by any of the individuals specified in Section 11 of the New York State Domestic Relations Law. These include:

  • the mayor of a city or village;
  • the former mayor, the city clerk or one of the deputy city clerks of a city of more than one million inhabitants;
  • a marriage officer appointed by the town or village board or the city common council;
  • a justice or judge of the following courts: the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern or Western Districts of New York, the New York State Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court, the New York State Supreme Court, the Court of Claims, the Family Court, a Surrogates Court, the Civil and Criminal Courts of New York City (including Housing judges of the Civil Court) and other courts of record;
  • a village, town or county justice;
  • a member of the clergy or minister who has been officially ordained and granted authority to perform marriage ceremonies from a governing church body in accordance with the rules and regulations of the church body;
  • a member of the clergy or minister who is not authorized by a governing church body but who has been chosen by a spiritual group to preside over their spiritual affairs;
  • other officiants as specified by Section 11 of the Domestic Relations Law.

The person performing the ceremony must be registered with the City of New York in order to perform a ceremony within the New York City limits. The officiant does not have to be a resident of New York State. Ship captains are not authorized to perform marriage ceremonies in New York State.

Where do you get copies of records?

For copies of marriage licenses issued anywhere in New York State except the five (5) boroughs of New York City, a certified copy of the marriage record may be obtained from the office of the town or city clerk who issued the license, or from the New York State Department of Health. The fee is $10 if you obtain a certified copy from the town or city clerk who issued the license. If applying to the New York State Department of Health, the fee is $30. For a certified copy, write to:

  • Certification Unit
  • Vital Records Section
  • New York State Department of Health
  • P.O. Box 2602
  • Albany, New York 12220-2602
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Choosing the right color scheme

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Choosing the color scheme for your wedding is huge, and easily one of the most important decisions you will be making, but it’s not the first decision you’ll need to make. The first thing is choosing a Long Island wedding venue. Will it be inside, or will it be outside? Will you be in a multi-purpose room, where you can decorate with the colors of your choice, or will you be in a room that already has it’s own style with it’s own set color scheme. The problem with some unique Long Island wedding venues is they can be limited with the type of decor you can choose. There are some that have much more flexibility in that regard. If you have found the wedding venue for you, and it is already set with its colors, just build on the colors that are already there. It will cause you much less stress, and you’ll be able to make the venue look as if you designed the whole thing.

Once you have chosen the best Long Island wedding venue for you, you should probably think about what season your wedding will be in. Keep in mind there are no longer strict rules to abide by, in regards to seasons and their traditional colors, as there once were years ago. There is much more freedom with today’s trends. So you can mix your own tastes with some tradition if you want to.  For example, a New England fall wedding would be elegant in burgundy, dark green, gold, burnt orange, cream, taupe, rich browns and plum.

Winter weddings can be magical with a snow white, cranberry and platinum color scheme. Throw in some hints of deep berry for accent, and you have a beautiful combination. Royal colors such as navy blue, emerald green and regal purple are other possibilities. If you choose a strong color such as one of these, you might consider adding lighter shades for a monochromatic but impressive color scheme.

By contrast, a spring wedding might be better suited for lighter colors such as turquoise, lemon yellow and mint green. Combining a light and a deep pink with green and white creates a striking palette. Tangerine, lilac, lime, yellow, hot pink and soft violet shades are other trendy colors for spring weddings.

Summer weddings look lovely in red, orange, yellow, lilac, lavender and various blues. A combination of dark purple, lavender and earthy green is stunning. Tying together silver, green and light purple is another great option. How about royal blue with light yellow and white? Black, white and yellow weddings are sophisticated, but pink, green and orange color schemes can be lovely as well.

Theme weddings and destinations weddings have grown in popularity recently. If you are choosing a location outside of Long Island, follow the color ideas of your exotic locations. This will give you a perfect looking wedding.  For example, if you will be by the beach, consider butter yellow and chocolate brown with sunset colors for accents. Island weddings are beautiful in navy blue with yellow and white floral accents. The aqua of the water, the blue of the endless sky and passionate bright red are also local favorites.

You may want to consider the wedding mood you wish to convey with your color scheme. The new trend in sophisticated celebrations is to look slightly old-fashioned. Dusty pear green with light aqua, light tangerine and gold can be breath-taking. A funky and fun wedding would require bold, saturated colors such as hot pink, Kelly green and bright orange, to which deeper jewel tones or chocolate brown can provide some balance.

When it comes to choosing your wedding colors, you really can’t go wrong. Today’s newest color trends even encourage combining those colors that wouldn’t necessarily be chosen together. As soon as you know what limitations your location imposes, feel free to experiment with your favorite colors. Use fabric swatches or paint sample cards to compare the effects of your combinations. After all, this is your wedding. Surround yourself with the colors you love.

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What to include in your wedding checklist

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Whether you are naturally organized or not, wedding checklists will help you keep everything in order for your wedding day. This is most likely the biggest event you’ll ever plan. Without a plan, it will be impossible to get everything done. There are many different lists you might need for your wedding day, but keep in mind, that your wedding planning process and wedding day might look a little different from these checklists. They’re here to give you an idea of what you need to do to prepare for your wedding day.

Spend some time looking over and editing these lists. Take out things that are irrelevant for you. Change the timelines if you need to and make sure your wedding checklists are customized for your wedding day.
Here are a few of the wedding checklists you may want to consider using:

First, your overall planning checklist. This is probably the most important checklist. It’s so easy to forget the little details when you’re planning. This list will help you get everything in order and do it all with perfect timing. From your Long Island wedding venue to your dress to your photographer, this list has got it all laid out for you.
You can also find this checklist in our free wedding planner spreadsheet which is available as a free download when you sign up to the newsletter.

Second, the bride and groom should have their own wedding day checklists. It is so easy to forget the important things on your wedding day. Important things like, getting to your hair appointment on time. Before your wedding day, make a checklist for yourself and your fiancé. It will include things like items you need to bring, last minute checks to make with your vendors, and places you need to be at certain times.

Third, have a wedding day timeline. This may feel like micromanaging, but it really is one of the most important wedding checklists there is. If you don’t have a timeline for everything from your hair appointment to the last dance of the reception, things are more likely to go wrong. Your timeline doesn’t have to be too detailed, but it should at least give your wedding party, your long island wedding venue, vendors and other people involved in your wedding day an idea of where they need to be and at what times.

Forth, a photography checklist. As a bride, you probably already know a bit about the photographs you want of your wedding day. It’s a really good idea to have a list of all the shots you want ready for your photographer. Things will go even more smoothly if you organise this list by the order you want photographs taken. For instance, which photos will you take before the ceremony and which will come afterwards? What are the areas you love about your long island wedding venue that you want to make sure are captured? No matter how good your photographer is, don’t just assume they will take the pictures you want.

And finally, Personalize the checklists. When you’re looking over our wedding checklists, remember that they’re generic. They’re especially useful for brides who are dealing with all the elements of a traditional wedding, but will work best for you if they are tailored to your wedding day. Make sure everyone that needs a checklist, has one that applies to their responsibilities. You’re friends and family want this to be an amazing day for you, and will be happy to help wherever they can. Give them a personalized checklist and they’ll accomplish everything on that list for you.

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