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Planning a Sweet Sixteen party

Having a party to commemorate a teenage girl’s path to early adulthood is called her Sweet Sixteen.  In many locations a very formal party is thrown to welcome the teenager into the next step to maturity.

Turning sixteen is an essential part of a girls growing up.  Many consider it just behind her wedding.  So, planning a Sweet Sixteen party is something that should be taken seriously.  This is not just another birthday, this is a very important step for the young teen.

Mothers should put together their To Do list.   Depending on how extravagant you want the party to be, you’ll want to plan far enough in advance in order to be ready for the party.  Let’s make that To Do list so we know what to plan.

    1. When is it?–  You don’t necessarily have to have the party on the teenager’s exact birthday.  Usually within a week of the actual day should be fine.  It would be a good idea though to think about what holidays are around the same time.  You don’t want to be competing with other holidays.  It might affect attendance.
    2. Choose the Venue– One of the most difficult things on this list might just be choosing a place to have this party.  Things to consider are, budget, and of course how many people you’ll be inviting. Depending on the time of year, you can have this party at a park, your backyard, or even in a rec center. Keep in mind though, if you are in the wedding off season, there are many Long Island Wedding Venue’s that will be available for your choosing.  And since this is the off season, generally Wedding Venue’s on Long Island won’t charge as much as they would for a wedding. This gives you the option to have a very elegant and extravagant Sweet Sixteen party.
    3. Who’s Coming?– Some teens don’t like the spotlight as much as others.  Therefore maybe they’ll want a very small intimate party.  They may want only their closest of friends and family there.  Others might want to invite the world to their party!! A few months out, have the teenager write down her guest list so you’ll know who she is wanting to invite. That way you’ll know how many of your own friends you’ll be able to bring to the party.  Make sure to take a good look at the list so you know how huge this party is going to be, or how potentially empty it may be as well.  Do your best to regulate the amount of people coming. An extreme on either side could cause the party to be too much, or a dud.

 

  • Save The Date- Since you’ve done all this planning ahead, most likely the party isn’t for a few more months.  That’s great! Because of this, you’ll be able to send out some Save the Date cards to your guests. This is similar to any Long Island Wedding. Once you get those out, you’ll be sure that guests will mark that date down for the Sweet Sixteen party, and won’t plan for anything else.  You may want to make your save the date card a magnet so they can stick it right on their refrigerator.  That way they’ll always look at it, and will be sure to make the event.  

 

Invitations- Similar to scheduling a Wedding on Long Island, your Long Island Sweet Sixteen party is going to need some invitations to be sent out.  So once you’ve found your venue, the date you want to have the party, and have your guest list in order, it’s time to send out the Sweet Sixteen invitations.  Make sure you ask your guests to RSVP.  We want to make your Sweet Sixteen planning smooth and successful.  So if you follow these initial steps, you’ll be on your way to a great party.

Corporate Event Planning Tips

So you have somehow been assigned to plan your company’s next conference.  While this can be great way for you to shine in front of the big wigs, I’m sure you are stressed beyond belief.  Especially if you have never done any event planning in the past.  Have no fear.  You’re not the first one to be in this situation.  Many have thrived, and yet many have failed when given a hefty assignment such as this.  But if you stay organized, plan ahead, don’t freak out there is a little snag, you’ll be on your way to planning a great function.  Here are some guidelines to help you plan the perfect corporate event.

  1. Understanding the particulars- I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself, “I need to find a venue for this conference!”  But before you do that, you need to know the particulars of your event.  So before you book a location, and hire the keynote speaker, figure out the details.  Such as…
    • When is the conference taking place?  Hopefully you’ll be allowed to choose from a few different dates.  That way you’ll be able to compare costs, and what venues are available.

 

  • Conference Hours It really does matter what time the conference starts, and when it’s over.  That way you’ll need to know if you have to provide breakfast or dinner.  
  • Attendance Usually for these types of events people will just ballpark the number of people attending.  But for you, because you want to put on the best conference ever, you’ll want to get specific.  The better you are a pinning down who is actually coming, the better you can make this event.
  • What type of Venue?  Now that you have figured out some particulars, you can pin down a venue for the conference.  Most of the time people look for hotels, because they have various ballrooms that can be rented out. There are many great companies out there that can do that and get you there.  But what many first time event planners don’t know, is there are many other options to consider.  First of all banquet halls.  Some of the best banquet halls in Long Island, make the perfect location for a conference.  And you might get a great deal, because most people don’t consider banquet halls in Long Island for their conferences.  The same thing goes for Long Island wedding venues.  I mean, who would think a wedding venue would be a good location for a conference.  Well, take Windows on the Lake for example.  They have all that is needed for the perfect work conference.
  •  They have multiple rooms if you want to have any type of breakout sessions.  There are gardens, and lake views to give the perfect outdoor lecture.  There is on site catering, which one less thing to worry about on your checklist.  Exploring outside of the hotel ballroom idea, might impress all those in your company when you book a venue with views, and gardens, and you’re the only ones using a great new york seo company.  Another thing about wedding venues to consider is, most weddings are on weekends.  Chances are, your conference will be midweek.  So you will be sure to have freedom to book the place you want.
  • Budget No one likes to work with a tight budget, but chances are that’s what you’ll be given.  So it’s time to get creative.  You’ve looked to the best banquet halls in Long Island, and Long Island wedding venues, so you know that there are places to have the perfect conference, at a reasonable price.  You’ll be able to look like you spent over the budget by thousands of dollars, and yet, you may just walk away with some extra money to use elsewhere.
  • Lodging If you have a conference where people are coming from out of state/town, you’ll need to figure out lodging.  Clearly, you can work out a deal with a hotel when you are using one of their ballrooms for your conference.  But again, if you have been put on a budget, and are looking for an alternative to the generic hotel room ballroom conference, you may see that many Long Island wedding venues have lodging nearby.  And many of these hotels will have shuttles that will take you from the lobby to the venue you have chosen.

 

Planning a major event like this can be difficult.  But if you take the time to follow these guidelines, you’ll have a conference that no one will forget.  It will give your bosses a reason to think of you when the next promotion comes around!  Another thing to consider when looking at banquet halls and wedding venues, is they know event planning.  They plan huge weddings and other celebrations all the time.  If you book there, I imagine many of their employees will know how to help you when it comes to putting on a conference like this.  They know all the best vendors around, and can really help you stay on budget.  So when you plan your big conference, make sure to seek out the best banquet halls on Long Island, or even some of the Long Island wedding venues.  Or just come here to Windows on the Lake.  We’ll take great care of you!

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Planning an Anniversary Party

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

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 SEO expert  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.

 

Indian Wedding Reception Timeline

 

3:00 PMWhile the wedding party is relaxing at the hotel,and getting ready for the refreshed for the reception, the wedding planner should head to the reception venue if it is a different location than the wedding venue, or if it’s the same location, make sure they are there to welcome the catering company if you have planned to do off site catering.  If you have on site or off site catering this is when they should start getting things set up.
4:00 PMThis is the time where the florist should begin to put the centerpieces at each table, and add any necessary decoration to the venue.
4:30 PMThe Wedding planner should start to layout various photographs throughout the venue.  Anything from engagement pictures, to pictures of each of the families, will add to the environment.  The wedding planner should make sure to set out the guestbook, and basket or box for envelope gifts to be placed in.  Be sure that wedding favors, and table numbers are able to be seen. There is nothing worse than explaining where a guest is supposed to sit, or having too many party favors left over because people didn’t see them.
5:00 PMAt this time the DJ should return to the venue to make sure their equipment is still in good shape.  The photographer should have access to the venue to take pictures of the additional set up.  This would also be a good time to start getting the wedding cake set up.
5:30 PMMusic should begin at the venue for cocktail hour.
5:45 PMThe bride and groom, and family should arrive at the venue.  If you are planning on having a receiving line, this would be a good time to begin forming the line.
6:00 PMThe wedding reception guests will begin arriving and will begin to go through the reception line. Hors d’oeuvres  and cocktails will be made available to the guests.  Once the guests have been through the line, the wedding party should line up to be announced.
6:45 PMThe DJ will either introduce him/herself or whoever is going to emcee the evening.  From there, the emcee will introduce the bridal party to the guests.  Music is played while the party enters the main reception area.
6:50 PMOnce the party is introduced, the bride and groom are introduced to the guests.
6:55 PMThe Bride and Groom’s First Dance
7:00 PMThe Father, Daughter Dance, and then the Mother, Son Dance follows.   dance
7:05 PMMany times, the wedding party will put on a fun skit set to music for the bride and groom.
7:20 PMOnce the skit is complete, dinner will be served.
8:00 PMTowards the end of dinner, champagne is passed around to the guests, and the maid of honor, and best man will then give their toasts.
8:30 PMThe cake cutting ceremony will then commence.
8:45 PMCake and Dessert will then be served to the guests.
9:00 PMAfter the cake cutting the formalities of the night have ended, and the dancing can begin.
11:45 PMThe dancing should be wrapping up at this point.
11:55 PMThe guests line up in anticipation of the bride and groom’s departure.
12:00 AMThe bride and groom depart the venue and head to the bridal suite.  From the there the guests can depart, and gifts can be packed and sent to the home of the bride’s parent’s.
12:10 PMThe vendors and others will breakdown the decor and, the wedding planner will then pass out payment to the vendors.
1:00 AMCleanup is completed, and all have left the venue.

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Kosher Catering Tips

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 for skinprologica 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://windowsonthelake.com/kosher-catering/

 

Choosing a Quinceanera theme:

One of the most exciting parts of a quinceanera is choosing the theme for the party. On the other hand, this is one of the biggest challenges. It’s important to have the traditional aspect of a quinceanera. But adding a personal touch never hurt anyone now did it? Let’s look at some possible ideas to choose from.

A common, yet excellent theme is having a Sophisticated themed Quinceanera. This will show others your grown up side. You can let your friends and family see your adult taste and style, as well as dress with an elegance appropriate for a night like this. This is a theme that will work well any time of year. In a sophisticated Quinceanera, I would recommend wearing black, white, or any muted color. This type of party is not styled for bright colors. You’ll want your court to look fabulous of course, but nothing that would detract from you on your special day. You should consider silver or gold for their colors. When it comes to decorations, less is more with a sophisticated theme. Favours with some shimmer and glamour will do nicely for an elegant quinceanera. As far as food goes, I would stick to a traditional meal. Something like fish, chicken, or steak will be very classy. You may want to bring out some tasty hors d’oeuvres being handed out throughout the party. Finally, just like the decorations, keep your music with a sophisticated theme. Keep with traditional songs that might be popular at quinceaneras, including obviously the traditional waltz.

Another popular theme is to have a Garden Party for your Quinceanera.  Spring and garden themes are always great if your quinceaneras takes place in the springtime.  And it totally fits the quinceanera theme of your new beginning of becoming an adult.  A perfect location for your garden party theme, could be an actual garden.  Or you may want to seek out some Long Island Wedding venues with a garden setting to fit your theme perfectly.   The nice thing about having a garden party theme during the spring are all the colors you’ll have to choose from. Pastels will be a favorite for this type of party.  With such a pallet to choose from, you’ll be able to select different color dresses for your court.  But of course, you won’t want them to outshine you.  If you find a nice Long Island wedding venue, you won’t need to do much decorating if it already looks like a garden.  You can also have a nice variety when it comes to your menu.  Having a garden theme gives you the flexibility for food.  Go with what you like.  It’s your day anyway.  And again, when it comes to music, it’s up to you!

 

A fun theme for quinceaneras is to have a Princess theme for your big day.  This is a little similar to your sophisticated theme, but you really can get more extravagant.  You can really go all out making this location a kingdom rivaling any fairytale.  This is a nice theme because it doesn’t matter what time of year you have it.  If you really want to look like a princess, you’ll want to go with a really elegant dress.  Colors such as white, gold or a soft color will turn you into that beautiful princess you’re hoping to be.  And of course, don’t forget the tiara! You’ll want your court to look nice too. A princess isn’t going to be hanging out with a bunch of towns folk are they? Your court can be dressed in a nice color, in matching style.  Or a different dress with the same color might look great too.  You should consider what type of princess you are before you plan the decorations.  If you are a fairy tale princess, then you’ll want to have your decorations look very feminine, and soft.  But if you’re a more modern princess, then you’ll want to get a more classic theme, with tons of lavishness. You’ll want the guests to feel like they have been invited to a royal court, and therefore the food must be a feast fit for a princess.  If your venue will provide on site catering, you’ll be able to have a menu that only royalty would approve of.  If you can afford nicer silverware, and chinaware, it will only help your theme.  And because you’re the princess, you get to be the one to choose the music.

 

Quinceanera ideas:

Having a Quinceañera is a very special day for many Long Island girls growing up in Latino Cultures.  This is a day they have been thinking about for years! I imagine there has been a lot of brainstorming and planning how to make this the perfect event for your daughter here on Long Island.  The time has come to pinpoint some ideas and run with it.  It’s your daughters fifteenth birthday.  She’s becoming a woman.  Let’s make this a amazing event never to be forgotten!

Quinceañera’s can be celebrated differently depending on the family, and the culture.  Some families like to keep things simple.  They only want to celebrate with their closest friends and family, and they don’t want to get too fancy with the decorations.  Other families have an extravagant evening with tons of food, and presents.  There tend to be more gifts at the high end celebrations as well.  No matter which way you decide to go, keep in mind that the focus on this event is to honor your daughter.

Part of the tradition of the Quinceañera is having your daughter put together a court consisting of 14 people.  This will represent the 14 years of childhood she has lived.  These members of the court will be dressed in matching formal wear.  Be sure to hire a professional choreographer, because this court will be learning dances and performing for the guests leading up to the father and daughter dance.

You shouldn’t make things complicated when choosing the music.  Just go with whatever your daughter’s personal taste is.  As hard as this might be, remember, it’s her special night, and a lot of her friends will be there with the same taste.  You can hire a DJ to play a mix of her favorite songs, or if you want to keep things on a budget, you can always put together a playlist on your iPod.  There are apps out there that will mix the music perfectly, as if a DJ was there.  But on a night like this, you might want to hire a DJ because there will be different things going on throughout the night.  So you may want that DJ moving the guests from thing to thing.  Feel free to throw in some songs you and your friends might like.  Depending on your budget, you may want to hire a Mariachi Band, or a Salsa Band.  This will give the evening a more traditional feel.  If you want to keep things less expensive, you could always hire a guitarist who can play Spanish guitar.

Now, you’re going to want to feed these guests right?  But before we get to that, why don’t we get to what’s really important.  The Cake! Seek out the best Cake Decorator for what you and your daughter are expecting for this night.  Some people would rather go with cupcakes, but hey, she’s only going to be 15 once, so a tier cake seems fitting for sure.

When it comes to food, you’ll have many Long Island Catering Halls to choose from.  So you might want to find a venue on Long Island that will cater in house.  Of course you can always choose off site catering, depending on what food you’ll be serving.  If your daughter’s birthday is during the wedding off season, it might be nice to check out some Long Island wedding venues to see if they are offering any special deals for Quinceañeras. Don’t forget how much you have going on with the planning, so you find yourself a caterer who will take some of the food stress off your hands. You and your daughter can plan the menu with the caterer and then leave it to them to make your meal ideas come to life.

You’ll want to look at the budget again to decide if you want a sit down dinner, or if you are going to go buffet  style.  Keep in mind, if the food is good, either option will be great.

Remember this is an occasion in your daughter’s life you’ll never want her to forget.  So do all you can to capture the events of the evening.  Sometimes it’s fun to put disposable cameras on the tables.  Once you get the film developed, it can be hilarious to see what people took pictures of.  It usually doesn’t cost to much to put together a fun photo booth for your guests to get together and have fun snapshots taken in there. If you have a friend or relative who is proficient in the world of photography, you may want to offer them a small stipend to take pictures of the night for you.  I would suggest if there is room in the budget, hire a professional photographer.  That way they’ll capture everything going on that night.

Lastly, remember that your daughter has been dreaming of this night, and waiting for it to be here for a long time.  At least a long time in her mind.  Make sure she is in a position where she can take it all in, and enjoy herself.  When all is said and done, make sure your daughter writes in a diary her greatest memories of her Quinceañera.  If you are able to plan ahead, and keep things organized, I know she’ll have the Quinceañera she always dreamed of!

 

Indoor or outdoor wedding venue?

Some brides to be have always imagined having an outdoor wedding, and some have known since they were young ladies that they would have their weddings in an exquisite ballroom, different spouses are attempting to settle on their ideal style and area for their wedding.

 

In case you’re one of those ladies weighing both indoor wedding and outside wedding choices, here are a some reasons to consider either type of wedding venue:

 

Outside Weddings:

 

Outside wedding venues already have their own natural decor, with lavish trees and beautiful, bloom filled gardens… giving an effectively blossomed venue that you don’t need to use a huge percentage of your budget on decorations.  Expert gardeners have made a mystical wedding venue emphasizing wonderful flowers, as the setting of an outside wedding.

 

Open air wedding venues on Long Island are accessible for the majority of the year, from prevalent springtime weddings to top season late spring weddings to fall foliage excellent autumn weddings, with distinctive “looks” for each season. Also, compact cooling and warming units can make an exceptionally agreeable environment for the greater part of your visitors in any season.

 

The best open air wedding venues give a few diverse spaces to your wedding’s stages, from a space for your ceremony, as well as a space for your cocktail hour, and of course an area for your reception.

 

Open air wedding venues also give the opportunity for amazing wedding photographs.

 

Open air spaces are unlimited and open, giving a vaporous air to your service and gathering.

 

Open air weddings give a remarkable style for visitors to appreciate, making your wedding unique compared to the indoor weddings that visitors have attended that season.

Indoor Weddings

 

Ballrooms offer the astounding look and feel of their rich architecture, which could be accented by florals and embellishment lighting to make an awesome scene for your wedding.

 

Indoor banquet halls offer full safety from any weather conditions, from a cool and blustery day to rain to snow to muggy summer humidity. The environment is impeccably situated to your and your visitors’ pleasure.

 

Indoor event venues give the likelihood to endless menu options, without stress over high temperature’s impact on specific sorts of dishes.

 

The best wedding venues offer distinctive spaces for the diverse phases of your wedding, from a space for your cocktail hour to a bigger assembly hall for your reception, and different rooms all through the wedding venue for your guests to explore.
There are obviously perks to both types of wedding venues, and consequently many of our Long Island wedding couples choose not to choose. They choose the best Long Island wedding venues that incorporate indoor and outdoor event space.  They frequently want to have their wedding outdoors, and the same goes for their cocktail hour, and then having their reception in the ballroom.  It’s nice to have both options just in case the weather should turn poor.  Having both indoor and outdoor aspects to your venue, you’ll have the best of both worlds.  Here at  Windows on the Lake, we have the best of both worlds.  With our beautiful banquet hall, and out amazing outdoor garden locations overlooking Lake Ronkonkoma you’ll find all you need for the perfect wedding.

Information on getting married in New York State

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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