WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

  • Date: May 20, 2024
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Selecting the perfect wedding venue on Long Island is an exciting adventure with so many beautiful options available. Here are four top tips to help you make the right choice:

1. Define Your Vision and Budget
Before you start visiting venues, have a clear vision of what you want your wedding to look like. Consider the style (e.g., rustic, elegant, beachfront), the season, and the number of guests. Alongside your vision, set a realistic budget that includes not only the venue cost but also catering, decorations, and any additional fees. Knowing your priorities will help you narrow down your options effectively. For more tips on planning the perfect wedding, click here.

2. Research and Visit Multiple Venues
Long Island boasts a range of venues from vineyards and mansions to beach clubs and historic sites. Start by researching online to get an idea of what each venue offers. Read reviews and check out photos. Visit our website to explore some of the various venue options. Once you have a shortlist, schedule visits to each location. Seeing the venues in person allows you to get a feel for the ambiance, check out the facilities, and ask questions directly.
 
3. Consider Guest Experience and Accessibility
Think about your guests' comfort and convenience. Consider the distance from major transportation hubs and whether the venue has ample parking or accommodation options nearby. Accessibility is crucial, especially if you have guests with special needs. Ensure that the venue can accommodate your guest list comfortably and check if there are adequate restroom facilities and spaces for various parts of your celebration, such as the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour.
 
4. Check Availability and Flexibility
Popular venues on Long Island can book up quickly, sometimes years in advance. Check the availability of your preferred dates early in your planning process. Additionally, inquire about the venue’s flexibility regarding weather contingencies (for outdoor weddings), the timeline of the event, and any restrictions they might have (e.g., noise ordinances, preferred vendors). Flexibility can be crucial in ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly without unexpected hitches.
 
Bonus Tip: Pay Attention to the Fine Print
Review the contract carefully. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions, including payment schedules, cancellation policies, and what is included in the venue package. Clarify any doubts before signing to avoid surprises later.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect wedding venue on Long Island that fits your vision and ensures a memorable experience for you and your guests.

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Selecting the perfect wedding venue on Long Island is an exciting adventure with so many beautiful options available. Here are four top tips to help you make the right choice:

1. Define Your Vision and Budget
Before you start visiting venues, have a clear vision of what you want your wedding to look like. Consider the style (e.g., rustic, elegant, beachfront), the season, and the number of guests. Alongside your vision, set a realistic budget that includes not only the venue cost but also catering, decorations, and any additional fees. Knowing your priorities will help you narrow down your options effectively. For more tips on planning the perfect wedding, click here.

2. Research and Visit Multiple Venues
Long Island boasts a range of venues from vineyards and mansions to beach clubs and historic sites. Start by researching online to get an idea of what each venue offers. Read reviews and check out photos. Visit our website to explore some of the various venue options. Once you have a shortlist, schedule visits to each location. Seeing the venues in person allows you to get a feel for the ambiance, check out the facilities, and ask questions directly.
 
3. Consider Guest Experience and Accessibility
Think about your guests' comfort and convenience. Consider the distance from major transportation hubs and whether the venue has ample parking or accommodation options nearby. Accessibility is crucial, especially if you have guests with special needs. Ensure that the venue can accommodate your guest list comfortably and check if there are adequate restroom facilities and spaces for various parts of your celebration, such as the ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour.
 
4. Check Availability and Flexibility
Popular venues on Long Island can book up quickly, sometimes years in advance. Check the availability of your preferred dates early in your planning process. Additionally, inquire about the venue’s flexibility regarding weather contingencies (for outdoor weddings), the timeline of the event, and any restrictions they might have (e.g., noise ordinances, preferred vendors). Flexibility can be crucial in ensuring your wedding day runs smoothly without unexpected hitches.
 
Bonus Tip: Pay Attention to the Fine Print
Review the contract carefully. Make sure you understand all the terms and conditions, including payment schedules, cancellation policies, and what is included in the venue package. Clarify any doubts before signing to avoid surprises later.

By following these tips, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect wedding venue on Long Island that fits your vision and ensures a memorable experience for you and your guests.

Ceremony setting with a rustic vibe.
Groom kissing brides cheek while she is holding her wedding bouquet.
A wedding wooden sign letting guest know where to put the cards.
A beautiful wedding centerpiece with candlestick holders.
  • Date: Jan 02, 2024
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Are you engaged and prepared to dive into the exciting process of planning the wedding of your dreams? Your wedding is not just an event; it's a unique love story waiting to be told. As you step into the world of wedding planning, let these tips be the compass guiding you towards your magical "I do" moment. We're here to help you turn your vision into a masterpiece that reflects the spirit of your love.

Capture Your Essence:
Start by envisioning your wedding day. What words define it? Romantic, rustic, boho? Choose details that reflect your unique love story! Whether it's the venue, decorations, or attire, infuse elements that speak to the heart of your relationship. This personal touch will make your wedding truly unforgettable.

Share Your Story:
Craft personalized messages for invitations, website, and social media. Let your love shine through! Your wedding is a celebration of the journey you've taken together, so make sure to incorporate elements that tell your story. Whether it's through anecdotes, pictures, or shared experiences, let your guests feel the heartbeat of your celebration.

Gifts from the Heart:
Create a digital registry! Make it easy for guests to find and contribute to the treasures that'll fill your newlywed nest. A digital registry not only simplifies the gift-giving process but also ensures that your loved ones are contributing to items that hold sentimental value for you and your partner.

Personalized Vows:
Make your vows a highlight of the ceremony by personalizing them. Share promises, memories, and inside jokes that are special to both of you. This heartfelt touch will create a meaningful and memorable exchange of vows that resonates with you and your guests.

Interactive Guest Experiences:
Enhance the overall experience by incorporating interactive elements for your guests. From photo booths and guest books to personalized games and activities, create moments that allow your loved ones to actively participate in and contribute to your celebration.

As you embark on this remarkable journey to your "I do," remember that your wedding day is not just an event; it's your grand love story coming to life. By capturing your essence, sharing your unique narrative, choosing heartfelt gifts, personalizing your vows, and creating interactive guest experiences, you're shaping a celebration that reflects the true depth of your love. Let these tips be your guide as you transform your wedding day into a masterpiece, ensuring it's an unforgettable chapter in the story of your love. Cheers to the beginning of a beautiful forever!

Share the magic of your unique love story with us at Long Island Bride and Groom! From the sweetest moments to charming proposals, we'd love to hear it all. DM us on Instagram or Facebook. Your story could inspire others and become a part of our cherished community. Let's celebrate love together on our social media platforms, spreading joy and inspiration to couples worldwide. Share your story and be a part of the beauty that makes each journey truly one-of-a-kind.

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Are you engaged and prepared to dive into the exciting process of planning the wedding of your dreams? Your wedding is not just an event; it's a unique love story waiting to be told. As you step into the world of wedding planning, let these tips be the compass guiding you towards your magical "I do" moment. We're here to help you turn your vision into a masterpiece that reflects the spirit of your love.

Capture Your Essence:
Start by envisioning your wedding day. What words define it? Romantic, rustic, boho? Choose details that reflect your unique love story! Whether it's the venue, decorations, or attire, infuse elements that speak to the heart of your relationship. This personal touch will make your wedding truly unforgettable.

Share Your Story:
Craft personalized messages for invitations, website, and social media. Let your love shine through! Your wedding is a celebration of the journey you've taken together, so make sure to incorporate elements that tell your story. Whether it's through anecdotes, pictures, or shared experiences, let your guests feel the heartbeat of your celebration.

Gifts from the Heart:
Create a digital registry! Make it easy for guests to find and contribute to the treasures that'll fill your newlywed nest. A digital registry not only simplifies the gift-giving process but also ensures that your loved ones are contributing to items that hold sentimental value for you and your partner.

Personalized Vows:
Make your vows a highlight of the ceremony by personalizing them. Share promises, memories, and inside jokes that are special to both of you. This heartfelt touch will create a meaningful and memorable exchange of vows that resonates with you and your guests.

Interactive Guest Experiences:
Enhance the overall experience by incorporating interactive elements for your guests. From photo booths and guest books to personalized games and activities, create moments that allow your loved ones to actively participate in and contribute to your celebration.

As you embark on this remarkable journey to your "I do," remember that your wedding day is not just an event; it's your grand love story coming to life. By capturing your essence, sharing your unique narrative, choosing heartfelt gifts, personalizing your vows, and creating interactive guest experiences, you're shaping a celebration that reflects the true depth of your love. Let these tips be your guide as you transform your wedding day into a masterpiece, ensuring it's an unforgettable chapter in the story of your love. Cheers to the beginning of a beautiful forever!

Share the magic of your unique love story with us at Long Island Bride and Groom! From the sweetest moments to charming proposals, we'd love to hear it all. DM us on Instagram or Facebook. Your story could inspire others and become a part of our cherished community. Let's celebrate love together on our social media platforms, spreading joy and inspiration to couples worldwide. Share your story and be a part of the beauty that makes each journey truly one-of-a-kind.

Outdoor rustic wedding table setup with chairs.
Couple sharing their engagement via social media.
Ring engagement wedding cake.
Bride reading her wedding vows to her husband to be.
Props used at a wedding photo booth for the wedding guests.
Champagne tower glasses at wedding reception.
  • Date: Sep 28, 2023
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Cheers to the start of your beautiful wedding journey! Remember, the key ingredients are love, laughter, and meticulous planning. With these tips in your bouquet, you're on your way to a blooming wonderful wedding. Wishing you a day as lovely as your smiles in those engagement photos!
 
1. Smart Spending: Initiate your wedding plans by establishing a well-defined budget to guide your financial decisions throughout the process. Begin by outlining all potential expenses, distributing funds into specific categories (like venue, catering, attire), and diligently monitor your expenditures using budgeting apps or tools.

2. Essential Priorities: Determine and rank critical aspects of your wedding, such as the venue, catering, and outfits, to ensure they align with your envisioned celebration and budget. Sit down with your partner and individually outline the top three non-negotiables for your wedding. Compare and align your lists to determine the shared priorities.

3. Strategic Scheduling: Create a comprehensive timeline and checklist to plot out the path to your wedding day, making sure you hit vital milestones along the way. Leverage online wedding planning platforms offering predefined timelines and customizable checklists. Tailor these to your liking and commit to following them conscientiously.

4. Venue Selection: Opt for a location that mirrors your taste, accommodates your guests, and embodies the atmosphere you desire for your special day. Secure the venue well in advance. Explore numerous venues, visualizing your wedding within each setting. Deliberate on aspects like location, capacity, ambiance, and availability before making a well-informed decision.

5. Delegate and Triumph: Don't shy away from seeking support from loved ones or professionals. Delegate tasks to guarantee no detail is overlooked, allowing you to savor a stress-free planning journey.

Embrace the adventure of wedding planning armed with these essential tips. It's a journey filled with decisions, love, and dreams coming to life. May your wedding be a testament to the love you share and the beautiful future that lies ahead. Happy planning and a lifetime of love!

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Cheers to the start of your beautiful wedding journey! Remember, the key ingredients are love, laughter, and meticulous planning. With these tips in your bouquet, you're on your way to a blooming wonderful wedding. Wishing you a day as lovely as your smiles in those engagement photos!
 
1. Smart Spending: Initiate your wedding plans by establishing a well-defined budget to guide your financial decisions throughout the process. Begin by outlining all potential expenses, distributing funds into specific categories (like venue, catering, attire), and diligently monitor your expenditures using budgeting apps or tools.

2. Essential Priorities: Determine and rank critical aspects of your wedding, such as the venue, catering, and outfits, to ensure they align with your envisioned celebration and budget. Sit down with your partner and individually outline the top three non-negotiables for your wedding. Compare and align your lists to determine the shared priorities.

3. Strategic Scheduling: Create a comprehensive timeline and checklist to plot out the path to your wedding day, making sure you hit vital milestones along the way. Leverage online wedding planning platforms offering predefined timelines and customizable checklists. Tailor these to your liking and commit to following them conscientiously.

4. Venue Selection: Opt for a location that mirrors your taste, accommodates your guests, and embodies the atmosphere you desire for your special day. Secure the venue well in advance. Explore numerous venues, visualizing your wedding within each setting. Deliberate on aspects like location, capacity, ambiance, and availability before making a well-informed decision.

5. Delegate and Triumph: Don't shy away from seeking support from loved ones or professionals. Delegate tasks to guarantee no detail is overlooked, allowing you to savor a stress-free planning journey.

Embrace the adventure of wedding planning armed with these essential tips. It's a journey filled with decisions, love, and dreams coming to life. May your wedding be a testament to the love you share and the beautiful future that lies ahead. Happy planning and a lifetime of love!

Beautiful tall flower wedding centerpiece.
A wedding planning checklist.
Outdoor rustic wedding ceremony.
Party for the brides wedding team.
  • Date: Mar 29, 2023
  • Author: Ivette Manners
  • Category: Wedding Fashion   

Embrace the beauty of spring and summer by tying the knot amidst the gorgeous outdoor scenery, stunning sunsets, and vibrant blooms. We know how important it is to find the ideal dress for your special day. Whether you're looking for a romantic lace design or a dramatic fit-and-flare silhouette we've rounded up some of the best bridal looks for your warm-weather nuptials.

Lace Romance
Lace dresses are perfect for a romantic and elegant look. Rosa Clará's tulle-and-lace mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and sheer, drop-shoulder straps is a modern take on the classic lace dress. This Monique Lhuillier's soft, lace-appliquéd gown features a sheer back detail and dainty off-the-shoulder straps is perfect for an elegant chic vibe. For a dreamy fairytale look, Verdin Bridal's tulle dress is hand embroidered with floral appliqués over a layer of lace.

Satin Bridal Gowns to Elevate Your Wedding Day Look 
Unadorned satin gowns are all about the chic silhouette, this style marries classic elegance with a contemporary touch for that timeless look. Anne Barge's strapless trumpet gown with a fold-down cuff neckline and an architectural-like overskirt attached by pearl buttons is a stunning choice. Pronovias' tailored, flawless-fitting mermaid gown with a sleek, asymmetrical neckline is both classic and contemporary. For more of a soft sexy dress, Lihi Hod's strapless A-line gown with subtle draping and a side slit is a perfect choice.

Fairytale Florals
For a modern-day princess bride, ballgowns with layers of tulle and delicate floral details are a dream come true. Monique Lhuillier's strapless ballgown embellished by a bevy of 3D petals and matching sheer gloves complete the look.
 
 
Monique Lhuillier                                                                                            GALA by Galia Lahav
GALA by Galia Lahav's airy tulle ballgown with cascading beaded appliqués and a full tulle skirt is perfect for a whimsical fairytale wedding. Reem Acra's off-the-shoulder, lace A-line gown adorned with whimsical 3D flowers is a show-stopper.

Vintage Gowns for A Timeless Wedding 
Vintage-inspired gowns are perfect for a Gatsby-inspired wedding or a Downton Abbey-style soiree. Rosa Clara's elegant A-line gown with a bejeweled bodice and metallic appliqués is ideal for a vintage glamour look. Theia's flowy, lace-appliquéd silk gown with a self-tie bow at the low, open back is a beautiful choice. Jenny Packham's all-over beaded gown with an attached cape is a look of splendor.

 
 Rosa Clara                                                                                                   Theia

                                                                           Jenny Packham

Delicately Elegant Embellishments
For a simple A-line silhouette with a touch of glamour, go for all-over shimmer or intricate embroidery. Monique Lhuillier Bliss charming gown features masterful threadwork on the bodice and skirt. Reem Acra's sequined tulle gown with a detachable Watteau train is perfect for a glamorous and sophisticated look. Rami Al Ali's glimmery tulle gown elegantly beaded with pearls and silvery sequins creates a flawless look for a modern and chic bride.
 
Monique Lhuillier Bliss                                                                                                        Reem Acra
 
 
                                                               Rami Al Ali 
 
Dramatic Flair Styles
Get ready to celebrate your special occasion with a stunning gown that exudes red-carpet glamour while maintaining just the right amount of dramatic flair. These collections of mermaid, trumpet, and fit-and-flare styles are designed to make you the center of attention without overwhelming your natural radiance. Ines Di Santo's two-toned satin trumpet gown with a circular layered skirt that trails into a majestic train Rivini's off-the-shoulder, fit-and-flare gown showcases an exposed corseted back and a couture bow train, adding a touch of sophistication to your look. Lastly, Reem Acra's threadwork-embroidered flared gown features a full tulle skirt that adds a hint of playful romance to your ensemble.
 
 
 Ines Di Santo                                                                                                                                                   Rivini
 
So whether you prefer a romantic lace gown or a bold fit-and-flare silhouette, there is a dress to match your unique style and preferences. Say "I do" in absolute style!
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Embrace the beauty of spring and summer by tying the knot amidst the gorgeous outdoor scenery, stunning sunsets, and vibrant blooms. We know how important it is to find the ideal dress for your special day. Whether you're looking for a romantic lace design or a dramatic fit-and-flare silhouette we've rounded up some of the best bridal looks for your warm-weather nuptials.

Lace Romance
Lace dresses are perfect for a romantic and elegant look. Rosa Clará's tulle-and-lace mermaid gown with a sweetheart neckline and sheer, drop-shoulder straps is a modern take on the classic lace dress. This Monique Lhuillier's soft, lace-appliquéd gown features a sheer back detail and dainty off-the-shoulder straps is perfect for an elegant chic vibe. For a dreamy fairytale look, Verdin Bridal's tulle dress is hand embroidered with floral appliqués over a layer of lace.

Satin Bridal Gowns to Elevate Your Wedding Day Look 
Unadorned satin gowns are all about the chic silhouette, this style marries classic elegance with a contemporary touch for that timeless look. Anne Barge's strapless trumpet gown with a fold-down cuff neckline and an architectural-like overskirt attached by pearl buttons is a stunning choice. Pronovias' tailored, flawless-fitting mermaid gown with a sleek, asymmetrical neckline is both classic and contemporary. For more of a soft sexy dress, Lihi Hod's strapless A-line gown with subtle draping and a side slit is a perfect choice.

Fairytale Florals
For a modern-day princess bride, ballgowns with layers of tulle and delicate floral details are a dream come true. Monique Lhuillier's strapless ballgown embellished by a bevy of 3D petals and matching sheer gloves complete the look.
 
 
Monique Lhuillier                                                                                            GALA by Galia Lahav
GALA by Galia Lahav's airy tulle ballgown with cascading beaded appliqués and a full tulle skirt is perfect for a whimsical fairytale wedding. Reem Acra's off-the-shoulder, lace A-line gown adorned with whimsical 3D flowers is a show-stopper.

Vintage Gowns for A Timeless Wedding 
Vintage-inspired gowns are perfect for a Gatsby-inspired wedding or a Downton Abbey-style soiree. Rosa Clara's elegant A-line gown with a bejeweled bodice and metallic appliqués is ideal for a vintage glamour look. Theia's flowy, lace-appliquéd silk gown with a self-tie bow at the low, open back is a beautiful choice. Jenny Packham's all-over beaded gown with an attached cape is a look of splendor.

 
 Rosa Clara                                                                                                   Theia

                                                                           Jenny Packham

Delicately Elegant Embellishments
For a simple A-line silhouette with a touch of glamour, go for all-over shimmer or intricate embroidery. Monique Lhuillier Bliss charming gown features masterful threadwork on the bodice and skirt. Reem Acra's sequined tulle gown with a detachable Watteau train is perfect for a glamorous and sophisticated look. Rami Al Ali's glimmery tulle gown elegantly beaded with pearls and silvery sequins creates a flawless look for a modern and chic bride.
 
Monique Lhuillier Bliss                                                                                                        Reem Acra
 
 
                                                               Rami Al Ali 
 
Dramatic Flair Styles
Get ready to celebrate your special occasion with a stunning gown that exudes red-carpet glamour while maintaining just the right amount of dramatic flair. These collections of mermaid, trumpet, and fit-and-flare styles are designed to make you the center of attention without overwhelming your natural radiance. Ines Di Santo's two-toned satin trumpet gown with a circular layered skirt that trails into a majestic train Rivini's off-the-shoulder, fit-and-flare gown showcases an exposed corseted back and a couture bow train, adding a touch of sophistication to your look. Lastly, Reem Acra's threadwork-embroidered flared gown features a full tulle skirt that adds a hint of playful romance to your ensemble.
 
 
 Ines Di Santo                                                                                                                                                   Rivini
 
So whether you prefer a romantic lace gown or a bold fit-and-flare silhouette, there is a dress to match your unique style and preferences. Say "I do" in absolute style!
  • Date: Jul 26, 2022
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Style Files   

It’s all about the Beach - Here are just a few gift ideas for beach lovers.

SUNFLOW Beach Bundle Highlights:

  • Choose from 4 different positions for optimal lounging
  • Built with the highest quality rust-resistant materials
  • Crafted with water-resistant fabric that can be hosed off
  • Removable straps make it easy to carry
  • Attachable Dry Bag is perfect for stashing your stuff
  • Available in 27 different fashion-forward colors
  • Bundle also includes:
  • The Sun Shade - To protect you from 98% of the sun’s rays
  • The Drink Holder - The perfect spot for everything from a White Claw to a wine bottle
  • The Dry Bag - To keep your valuables dry, safe, and sand-free
  • The Towel - Attaches to the chair so it won’t fall down or fly away

The Beach Bundle - To learn more visit getsunflow.com

 

Summer weather can be brutal on hair. The sunlight, heat, and humidity can leave hair frizzy and dry, making people want to hide it under a hat. The good news is that there are hair care products that will help combat those issues, leaving hair to look and feel great all summer long.  Manna Kadar Beauty has launched a new Mane Hair Care line offering either shea butter and argan oil, which will keep hair moisturized, frizz-free, and looking fantastic. Visit the site for their hair care line: mannakadarcosmetics.com

Fun in the sun! Summertime and the smell of the beach. Bobbi Brown’s summer-inspired perfume Beach is the perfect gift for anyone that loves the beach.  

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It’s all about the Beach - Here are just a few gift ideas for beach lovers.

SUNFLOW Beach Bundle Highlights:

  • Choose from 4 different positions for optimal lounging
  • Built with the highest quality rust-resistant materials
  • Crafted with water-resistant fabric that can be hosed off
  • Removable straps make it easy to carry
  • Attachable Dry Bag is perfect for stashing your stuff
  • Available in 27 different fashion-forward colors
  • Bundle also includes:
  • The Sun Shade - To protect you from 98% of the sun’s rays
  • The Drink Holder - The perfect spot for everything from a White Claw to a wine bottle
  • The Dry Bag - To keep your valuables dry, safe, and sand-free
  • The Towel - Attaches to the chair so it won’t fall down or fly away

The Beach Bundle - To learn more visit getsunflow.com

 

Summer weather can be brutal on hair. The sunlight, heat, and humidity can leave hair frizzy and dry, making people want to hide it under a hat. The good news is that there are hair care products that will help combat those issues, leaving hair to look and feel great all summer long. Manna Kadar Beauty has launched a new Mane Hair Care line offering either shea butter and argan oil, which will keep hair moisturized, frizz-free, and looking fantastic. Visit the site for their hair care line: mannakadarcosmetics.com

Fun in the sun! Summertime and the smell of the beach. Bobbi Brown’s summer-inspired perfume Beach is the perfect gift for anyone that loves the beach.  

  • Date: May 24, 2022
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom
  • Category: Invitations   
Best Wedding Invitation Advice from an International Stationery Expert Attila Vermes, acclaimed wedding stationery designer
and craftsman based in Melbourne, Australia presents his top 5 tips to enjoy a stress-free invitation process for our beloved
Long Island bridal community.

1. Think of wedding invitations as the ‘prequel’ to your big day
The process of designing wedding cards, whether semi customized or fully customized, allows the couple to narrow down their preferences for on-the-day attire, visual signage, table decorations and more. Choosing the details that will appear on their wedding stationery such as paper stock, fonts, colors, monograms, embellishments and more will give the upcoming event its own style. It is a process that really ‘shapes’ the day and adds to the excitement for the couple and their dear guests. 

2. Start early and stay openminded
There is more on offer in modern wedding stationery print techniques and design than newly engaged couples can imagine. Such advancements make it possible to reflect the wedding couple’s identity through elegant, stunning stationery. 

Beginning as early as possible will enable the couple to do research on the diverse options, such as hot foil press, letterpress, blind embossing, white ink printing and other specialty print techniques to find the one that appeals to their taste and budget. It may be that initial ideas transform as brides and grooms move through the design stages with assistance from their chosen invitation studio. 

3. Professional advice is usually worth listening to
Crafting high quality print invites and custom cards is indeed an artform. If couples have their hearts set on a beautiful product, worthy of keeping as a memento of their special day, it pays to listen to their designer. Various combinations of print techniques, paper types and design details need to complement each other to get the best results.

4. Dodge the most common stress triggers of stationery ordering
Time and time again, enthusiastic couples find themselves under pressure during the invitation design process. The three main triggers are:

Budgeting and cost blow outs
. Often there are multiple ways to achieve a certain look. It is best to discuss, and get in writing, cost expectations with your designer at the outset. Do your invitations include the envelope? How much extra will it cost to add special details? Take their advice into consideration before moving forward and know your options.

Design issues. Couples are often so swept up in the array of wedding planning tasks that they rush through the invitation design process, only to be met with dissatisfaction. To avoid stress, spend extra time confirming all aspects of the final draft, focus on each element and ask all the right questions before locking in the design. If possible, insist on a mock-up or physical proof. This will save angst as the big day gets closer. 

Lack of accountability from your invitation seller. Unless a couple seeks the help of a full-scale designer and print studio, many companies outsource suppliers to produce your dream invites. This can lead to time lapses and uncertainty from the main contact person. If a couple is wanting premium wedding stationery it is worthwhile finding a studio that offers end-to-end in-house services for complete accountability and peace of mind. 

5. The trends of 2022 are not the most pricey
‘Understated elegance’ is the current trend and is likely to continue for 2022 and 2023 weddings in most forward-thinking cities around the world. Achieving more with less is the key. Minimal, classy design. This could mean, one feature monogram of the couple’s name in hot foil stamping. Perhaps, a laser die cut feature, heavyweight paper with blind embossing, or even a unique shape invite card such as an arch. Many modern stationery trends can be achieved for a lot less than couples think.

Most importantly, have fun with this design experience. After all, sharing your news in print is one of life’s biggest joys. 

For the most practical information on ordering your wedding invitations, download your free copy of Giant Invitations Ultimate Wedding Invitations Print Guide e-book hereJam-packed with essential facts, identifiable designer pitfalls, and industry-standard ‘cost cheat sheets’, this free e-book will save you weeks of research time and slash your budget in half.
 
Visit longislandbrideandgrom.com your ultimate wedding resource for planning a wedding on Long Island. 
 

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Best Wedding Invitation Advice from an International Stationery Expert Attila Vermes, acclaimed wedding stationery designer
and craftsman based in Melbourne, Australia presents his top 5 tips to enjoy a stress-free invitation process for our beloved
Long Island bridal community.

1. Think of wedding invitations as the ‘prequel’ to your big day
The process of designing wedding cards, whether semi customized or fully customized, allows the couple to narrow down their preferences for on-the-day attire, visual signage, table decorations and more. Choosing the details that will appear on their wedding stationery such as paper stock, fonts, colors, monograms, embellishments and more will give the upcoming event its own style. It is a process that really ‘shapes’ the day and adds to the excitement for the couple and their dear guests. 

2. Start early and stay openminded
There is more on offer in modern wedding stationery print techniques and design than newly engaged couples can imagine. Such advancements make it possible to reflect the wedding couple’s identity through elegant, stunning stationery. 

Beginning as early as possible will enable the couple to do research on the diverse options, such as hot foil press, letterpress, blind embossing, white ink printing and other specialty print techniques to find the one that appeals to their taste and budget. It may be that initial ideas transform as brides and grooms move through the design stages with assistance from their chosen invitation studio. 

3. Professional advice is usually worth listening to
Crafting high quality print invites and custom cards is indeed an artform. If couples have their hearts set on a beautiful product, worthy of keeping as a memento of their special day, it pays to listen to their designer. Various combinations of print techniques, paper types and design details need to complement each other to get the best results.

4. Dodge the most common stress triggers of stationery ordering
Time and time again, enthusiastic couples find themselves under pressure during the invitation design process. The three main triggers are:

Budgeting and cost blow outs
. Often there are multiple ways to achieve a certain look. It is best to discuss, and get in writing, cost expectations with your designer at the outset. Do your invitations include the envelope? How much extra will it cost to add special details? Take their advice into consideration before moving forward and know your options.

Design issues. Couples are often so swept up in the array of wedding planning tasks that they rush through the invitation design process, only to be met with dissatisfaction. To avoid stress, spend extra time confirming all aspects of the final draft, focus on each element and ask all the right questions before locking in the design. If possible, insist on a mock-up or physical proof. This will save angst as the big day gets closer. 

Lack of accountability from your invitation seller. Unless a couple seeks the help of a full-scale designer and print studio, many companies outsource suppliers to produce your dream invites. This can lead to time lapses and uncertainty from the main contact person. If a couple is wanting premium wedding stationery it is worthwhile finding a studio that offers end-to-end in-house services for complete accountability and peace of mind. 

5. The trends of 2022 are not the most pricey
‘Understated elegance’ is the current trend and is likely to continue for 2022 and 2023 weddings in most forward-thinking cities around the world. Achieving more with less is the key. Minimal, classy design. This could mean, one feature monogram of the couple’s name in hot foil stamping. Perhaps, a laser die cut feature, heavyweight paper with blind embossing, or even a unique shape invite card such as an arch. Many modern stationery trends can be achieved for a lot less than couples think.

Most importantly, have fun with this design experience. After all, sharing your news in print is one of life’s biggest joys. 

For the most practical information on ordering your wedding invitations, download your free copy of Giant Invitations Ultimate Wedding Invitations Print Guide e-book hereJam-packed with essential facts, identifiable designer pitfalls, and industry-standard ‘cost cheat sheets’, this free e-book will save you weeks of research time and slash your budget in half.
 
Visit longislandbrideandgrom.com your ultimate wedding resource for planning a wedding on Long Island. 
 

  • Date: Nov 12, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Kaitlyn Bancroft
  • Category: Planning Tips   
When engrossed in the wedding planning process, there are so many questions couples may be asking themselves on how to make their wedding unique. Whether it be the theme, the venue, or any number of factors that go into creating that magical day.  Here at Long Island Bride and Groom, we want to suggest a few ways to enhance the uniqueness factor of your wedding with helpful tips in creating the perfect wedding signature drinks.

Seasonal Wedding Signature Drinks
There are many different combinations of wedding signature drinks you can select from whether you decide to have alcohol or not. Either way, you can customize your drinks and make them your own. 

When planning out your personalized signature drinks, the season your wedding is in can be a great way to highlight your wedding theme.  For a fall wedding, one might consider a cider drink with notes of cinnamon or apple to bring back all of those fond memories. For example, your first apple picking date.  

Who wouldn’t want to have their very own Winter Wonderland? The good news is that you can, by adding some custom wedding drinks that fit perfectly with the holly jolliness of this season. We can’t talk about winter without mentioning some sweet sips that will make you want to take a bite of a sugar cookie right after, whether it be a peppermint White Russian or an Eggnog Martini.
 
Spring and Summer provide the perfect excuse to get fruity with your wedding signature drinks. When trying to come up with creative ideas that coincide with these light and fun seasons it will make you wonder how many different ways your everyday fruit can be configured. Long story short, it’s a lot. Therefore, you could serve your guests a refreshing rendition of an old classic like a watermelon mojito or stick to the basics with a nice sangria. The vibrant colors of these drinks alone can bring the same upbeat energy that is deserved on your special day.

Holidays Spirits
While on the topic of seasons, we can’t leave out some of the holidays within these seasons, which makes them so notable. Seasons bring a wide range of flavors to incorporate into your wedding signature drink options while holidays bring in a certain presentation factor. Sometimes it’s not just about the taste of the drink, but it’s also the experience a guest will have while drinking it. Halloween is a great example of how appearance can play a role in a specialty drink.  You can have your guests drink out of a mini pumpkin and turn it into an experience. The same can be said by adding a candy cane rim to a drink or replacing a regular old twirler with a cinnamon stick for the winter holidays. Adding any of these festive features can be the gift that keeps on giving for your wedding.

Classic with a twist
Wedding planning, however, can be overwhelming with so many factors to consider when structuring your big day. If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of adding a signature drink to the wedding theme don’t be afraid to stick with the classics. They are called classics for a reason.  Wine, beer, and champagne will always be crowd-pleasers and can be excellent to accompany your celebrations. For example, a creative way to serve a classic drink like beer would be to have a craft beer sampling and to enhance the experience you could serve hot pretzels along with the tasting.  

What's your favorite theme drink?
Make a mark on your wedding. The possibilities in which you can do so are endless.  Festive drinks that follow a theme or season can be a creative option, but you don’t necessarily have to follow that specific pattern. Simply creating a fun and custom name of a drink to make it unique to your wedding or switching up the presentation of the drinks can also be innovative ways to make the most of your big day. The bottom line is the sky is the limit in the drink world, and you can utilize any of these ideas to your advantage and make it an experience your guests will be talking about for weeks after the wedding is over.  Cheers! 
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When engrossed in the wedding planning process, there are so many questions couples may be asking themselves on how to make their wedding unique. Whether it be the theme, the venue, or any number of factors that go into creating that magical day.  Here at Long Island Bride and Groom, we want to suggest a few ways to enhance the uniqueness factor of your wedding with helpful tips in creating the perfect wedding signature drinks.

Seasonal Wedding Signature Drinks
There are many different combinations of wedding signature drinks you can select from whether you decide to have alcohol or not. Either way, you can customize your drinks and make them your own. 

When planning out your personalized signature drinks, the season your wedding is in can be a great way to highlight your wedding theme.  For a fall wedding, one might consider a cider drink with notes of cinnamon or apple to bring back all of those fond memories. For example, your first apple picking date.  

Who wouldn’t want to have their very own Winter Wonderland? The good news is that you can, by adding some custom wedding drinks that fit perfectly with the holly jolliness of this season. We can’t talk about winter without mentioning some sweet sips that will make you want to take a bite of a sugar cookie right after, whether it be a peppermint White Russian or an Eggnog Martini.
 
Spring and Summer provide the perfect excuse to get fruity with your wedding signature drinks. When trying to come up with creative ideas that coincide with these light and fun seasons it will make you wonder how many different ways your everyday fruit can be configured. Long story short, it’s a lot. Therefore, you could serve your guests a refreshing rendition of an old classic like a watermelon mojito or stick to the basics with a nice sangria. The vibrant colors of these drinks alone can bring the same upbeat energy that is deserved on your special day.

Holidays Spirits
While on the topic of seasons, we can’t leave out some of the holidays within these seasons, which makes them so notable. Seasons bring a wide range of flavors to incorporate into your wedding signature drink options while holidays bring in a certain presentation factor. Sometimes it’s not just about the taste of the drink, but it’s also the experience a guest will have while drinking it. Halloween is a great example of how appearance can play a role in a specialty drink.  You can have your guests drink out of a mini pumpkin and turn it into an experience. The same can be said by adding a candy cane rim to a drink or replacing a regular old twirler with a cinnamon stick for the winter holidays. Adding any of these festive features can be the gift that keeps on giving for your wedding.

Classic with a twist
Wedding planning, however, can be overwhelming with so many factors to consider when structuring your big day. If you feel overwhelmed by the thought of adding a signature drink to the wedding theme don’t be afraid to stick with the classics. They are called classics for a reason.  Wine, beer, and champagne will always be crowd-pleasers and can be excellent to accompany your celebrations. For example, a creative way to serve a classic drink like beer would be to have a craft beer sampling and to enhance the experience you could serve hot pretzels along with the tasting.  

What's your favorite theme drink?
Make a mark on your wedding. The possibilities in which you can do so are endless.  Festive drinks that follow a theme or season can be a creative option, but you don’t necessarily have to follow that specific pattern. Simply creating a fun and custom name of a drink to make it unique to your wedding or switching up the presentation of the drinks can also be innovative ways to make the most of your big day. The bottom line is the sky is the limit in the drink world, and you can utilize any of these ideas to your advantage and make it an experience your guests will be talking about for weeks after the wedding is over.  Cheers! 
  • Date: May 05, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Madeline Merinuk
  • Category: Health & Beauty   
Your wedding is undoubtedly one of the most special days of your life. It’s filled with special memories that will, no doubt, be captured on photo and video — so it’s crucial to look and feel your best when the big day arrives. But, a natural glow doesn’t come overnight. If the idea of planning out treatments and appointments is stressful, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s LI Bride and Groom’s pre-wedding beauty routine timeline of what you need to do and when. You’re welcome in advance.
 
6-8 months

-Start scheduling hair and makeup trials, and then immediately book your hair appointment. The last thing you want is to get caught last minute because no stylists are taking appointments. (Pro-tip: get your dress before you make your hair trial -- your stylist will probably be making some creative decisions for your hair based on the cut of your dress.)

-Update your skincare routine. Now’s the time to start being strict and incorporating good ingredients into your regimen.

-Get your sweat on. There’s no pressure to shed a certain amount of pounds or achieve any crazy fitness goals, but getting into a routine will keep your mood boosted and your heart healthy before your big day.

3-5 months

-Start getting waxed or laser hair removal. This isn’t necessary, but if this is something that makes you feel good, you’ll thank yourself for starting early.

-If being a little bronzed on your big day is important to you, start testing different self-tanner brands or try out different tanning salons near you. There’s nothing worse than a failed tan attempt, let alone on your wedding day.
 
1-2 months

-Look into getting a teeth whitening appointment, and then maintain the treatment with an at-home kit for a few weeks afterward to keep your teeth white and shiny.

-Get a facial, and give yourself some time to make sure your face doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the products. Your skin will thank you.

-Head to a nail salon and do a test run mani-pedi to make sure your nails will look the way you want.

1 week

-Schedule an appointment with a trusted hairstylist and treat yourself. Whether it’s a keratin treatment, a gloss, or subtle highlights, you’ll be grateful you gave your hair a little extra oomph.

-Get your brows done. Trust us — this is crucial.

-Get your final waxing treatment and give your skin time to heal before the wedding.

2-3 days

-Time to get your mani-pedi!

-Try an at-home facial peel or a face mask that’ll get rid of any unwanted redness and blemishes a few days beforehand.

-This is a perfect time to get your spray tan because, by the time your wedding day comes, you’ll have a nice, subtle glow about you.

The night before

-Drink lots of water. It’s one of the most important things you can do for your complexion.

-Relax and do some meditation. You deserve some moments of peace to commemorate all of the hard work you’ve put into the wedding planning process.

-Get some beauty sleep! It’s no secret that this is a key factor in looking and feeling your best for your wedding day.
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Your wedding is undoubtedly one of the most special days of your life. It’s filled with special memories that will, no doubt, be captured on photo and video — so it’s crucial to look and feel your best when the big day arrives. But, a natural glow doesn’t come overnight. If the idea of planning out treatments and appointments is stressful, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s LI Bride and Groom’s pre-wedding beauty routine timeline of what you need to do and when. You’re welcome in advance.
 
6-8 months

-Start scheduling hair and makeup trials, and then immediately book your hair appointment. The last thing you want is to get caught last minute because no stylists are taking appointments. (Pro-tip: get your dress before you make your hair trial -- your stylist will probably be making some creative decisions for your hair based on the cut of your dress.)

-Update your skincare routine. Now’s the time to start being strict and incorporating good ingredients into your regimen.

-Get your sweat on. There’s no pressure to shed a certain amount of pounds or achieve any crazy fitness goals, but getting into a routine will keep your mood boosted and your heart healthy before your big day.

3-5 months

-Start getting waxed or laser hair removal. This isn’t necessary, but if this is something that makes you feel good, you’ll thank yourself for starting early.

-If being a little bronzed on your big day is important to you, start testing different self-tanner brands or try out different tanning salons near you. There’s nothing worse than a failed tan attempt, let alone on your wedding day.
 
1-2 months

-Look into getting a teeth whitening appointment, and then maintain the treatment with an at-home kit for a few weeks afterward to keep your teeth white and shiny.

-Get a facial, and give yourself some time to make sure your face doesn’t have an adverse reaction to the products. Your skin will thank you.

-Head to a nail salon and do a test run mani-pedi to make sure your nails will look the way you want.

1 week