WEDDING STYLE BLOG

Inspiration for the Long Island Bride

  • Date: Apr 12, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Danielle Koscik
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Weddings are the chance for you to bring everyone you love together in one place to celebrate, but what about the furry friends we keep at home who love us the most? We are talking about your dogs and cats! There are many adorable ways to include your pets in your wedding. We have a few tips on how to make your pet feel like a member of the family on your wedding day. However, remember to always check with your venue and their COVID-19 restrictions to find out if they allow pets.
 
A Pet is Man’s Best Ring Bearer
 
An idea that is trendy for well-behaved and obedient pets is making them the ring bearer or flower girl. This is the perfect chance to dress up your cat or dog in an adorable little tuxedo. Then you could attach the rings to a pillow on their back. For your flower girl pet, you can put her in a dress or even a simple collar with flowers. If your pet comes to you on command, they can walk down the aisle to you all on their own. Otherwise, you can have a traditional ring bearer and flower girl walk your pet on a leash to you.
 
Pets are the Star of the Wedding
 
Your obedient pet can also be present in your wedding ceremony by standing with you at the altar. Having your pet front and center during your ceremony gives your guests an even more adorable view. He or she can also be a great visual representation of your union as a couple. Especially when your dog or cat is one that you share with your partner. Make sure you have someone there who can care of your pet in case things don’t go as planned. Preferably this person should be a pet sitter and not one of your guests.
 
Pampered Pet
 
If you do not want the stress of looking after your pet during your ceremony and reception, we have an idea for you too. A great way to spend time with your dog or cat on your wedding day is by inviting them to the getting ready suite. By doing this you can keep a careful eye on them while also getting ready. This is also a great chance for some adorable photos. As well as a very special way to share a moment with your pet.
 
Picture Perfect Pet
 
Another way to incorporate your four-legged friend is by including them in your wedding portraits. Bring them along with you and the photographer when you take pictures after the ceremony. There are simple ways to take pictures as a new couple and have your pet there as well. If your pet can't be there on the day of your wedding, you can always include them in your engagement photos instead.
 
Pet Inspired Treats
 
Although it is fun to have your furry friend at your wedding sometimes it is not possible. There are still creative ways your pet can be included in your wedding. One way is to create a signature drink for your wedding, and what better way to honor your pet than naming it after them. For example, “Marley’s Margarita” or “Bella’s Brew.”
 
You also can include them in your cake décor by adding a cake topper that resembles them. Additionally, you could hire a baker to make cookies with your pet's face on them. You can serve these with dessert or send them home with guests as a favor. Lastly, in lieu of favors you could make a donation in your guests honor to a local animal shelter. 
 
Things to Remember
 
Bringing a pet to your wedding is a big commitment, make sure you, your guests and your pet are prepared beforehand. To avoid issues with guests that may have allergies to pets, let them know on the save the date and invitation that an animal will be at the wedding. You can make your pet more comfortable by bringing them to the venue and letting them sniff around a few times before your special day. Pets can be very unpredictable so it is best to prepare well and put as little stress as possible on them on the day of.
 
Your pet is a big part of your life, so it only makes sense to have them be a part of your big day. These are just a few tips, but there are numerous creative ways to include your pet in your wedding.

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Weddings are the chance for you to bring everyone you love together in one place to celebrate, but what about the furry friends we keep at home who love us the most? We are talking about your dogs and cats! There are many adorable ways to include your pets in your wedding. We have a few tips on how to make your pet feel like a member of the family on your wedding day. However, remember to always check with your venue and their COVID-19 restrictions to find out if they allow pets.
 
A Pet is Man’s Best Ring Bearer
 
An idea that is trendy for well-behaved and obedient pets is making them the ring bearer or flower girl. This is the perfect chance to dress up your cat or dog in an adorable little tuxedo. Then you could attach the rings to a pillow on their back. For your flower girl pet, you can put her in a dress or even a simple collar with flowers. If your pet comes to you on command, they can walk down the aisle to you all on their own. Otherwise, you can have a traditional ring bearer and flower girl walk your pet on a leash to you.
 
Pets are the Star of the Wedding
 
Your obedient pet can also be present in your wedding ceremony by standing with you at the altar. Having your pet front and center during your ceremony gives your guests an even more adorable view. He or she can also be a great visual representation of your union as a couple. Especially when your dog or cat is one that you share with your partner. Make sure you have someone there who can take care of your pet in case things don’t go as planned. Preferably this person should be a pet sitter and not one of your guests.
 
Pampered Pet
 
If you do not want the stress of looking after your pet during your ceremony and reception, we have an idea for you too. A great way to spend time with your dog or cat on your wedding day is by inviting them to the getting ready suite. By doing this you can keep a careful eye on them while also getting ready. This is also a great chance for some adorable photos. As well as a very special way to share a moment with your pet.
 
Picture Perfect Pet
 
Another way to incorporate your four-legged friend is by including them in your wedding portraits. Bring them along with you and the photographer when you take pictures after the ceremony. There are simple ways to take pictures as a new couple and have your pet there as well. If your pet can't be there on the day of your wedding, you can always include them in your engagement photos instead.
 
Pet Inspired Treats
 
Although it is fun to have your furry friend at your wedding sometimes it is not possible. There are still creative ways your pet can be included in your wedding. One way is to create a signature drink for your wedding, and what better way to honor your pet than naming it after them. For example, “Marley’s Margarita” or “Bella’s Brew.”
 
You also can include them in your cake décor by adding a cake topper that resembles them. Additionally, you could hire a baker to make cookies with your pet's face on them. You can serve these with dessert or send them home with guests as a favor. Lastly, in lieu of favors you could make a donation in your guests honor to a local animal shelter. 
 
Things to Remember
 
Bringing a pet to your wedding is a big commitment, make sure you, your guests and your pet are prepared beforehand. To avoid issues with guests that may have allergies to pets, let them know on the save the date and invitation that an animal will be at the wedding. You can make your pet more comfortable by bringing them to the venue and letting them sniff around a few times before your special day. Pets can be very unpredictable so it is best to prepare well and put as little stress as possible on them on the day of.
 
Your pet is a big part of your life, so it only makes sense to have them be a part of your big day. These are just a few tips, but there are numerous creative ways to include your pet in your wedding.

  • Date: Mar 31, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Madeline Merinuk
  • Category: Articles   
Registries are an important part of any couple’s wedding. Your registry, like your wedding ceremony and reception, should be reflective of who you are as a couple, but COVID-19 tends to make anything wedding planning-related seem more difficult. Ultimately, having a registry isn’t required, but it’s a great way for your family and friends to show you that they love you and support your new life milestone. And, as we know, support is more valuable than ever these days. 
 
Wedding registry items for the home: 
 
-Workout equipment: Since a lot of people are working from home, not everyone can get out of the house like they used to. Workout equipment is a great addition to your registry because you can use it from the comfort of your home, and still get that good sweat in. (Did someone say Peloton?)
 
-Subscription services: In case you weren’t already aware, subscriptions usually make up a fair chunk of expenses for most households nowadays. Something like a year-long Netflix subscription, or a music streaming service, like Spotify would help fund any entertainment needs for the home. Or even a meal service like Hello Fresh or a wine subscription would be a great way to let your guests support you as a newlywed couple. And, this way, no one has to go out in public, and the entire transaction is contactless on both ends.
 
-Register online: Using websites where people can purchase registry items online that can be delivered to your house is a great way to have your guests give you a gift. Examples of sites like this include Bloomingdales , Macy’s or Williams Sonoma.

  
Other items for the happy couple:
 
-Donation: Consider having a registry item that is a donation to something that involves bigger funds. An example: honeymoon, first house fund. This way people can donate money to you, and it's completely hands-free for all involved. And, you get a little extra money toward whatever you’re saving up for. 
 
-Shop local: Try adding items from local stores to support small businesses and restaurants since small businesses across the nation have been struggling at increasing amounts in the past year. Not only are you supporting local families and making a difference in your community – you’re also getting a nice gift for your new home.
 
-Ask for a COVID-19 care basket: Newlyweds could request a “COVID couple” basket. Think a raffle basket, but it includes hand sanitizer, an air purifier, masks, vitamins, & other COVID-fighting items. Not only is this gift slightly comedic and cute, but it also allows any of your creative guests to make something fun and useful.
 
Whatever you do, don't stress. 
 
Planning a wedding during COVID doesn't have to be all stressful. Although parts of it can be frustrating, creating your registry is one of the things that can be really fun for you and your partner. With our helpful tips, you can make sure you're getting everything you want on your registry and keeping your guests safe.
 
 

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Registries are an important part of any couple’s wedding. Your registry, like your wedding ceremony and reception, should be reflective of who you are as a couple, but COVID-19 tends to make anything wedding planning-related seem more difficult. Ultimately, having a registry isn’t required, but it’s a great way for your family and friends to show you that they love you and support your new life milestone. And, as we know, support is more valuable than ever these days. 
 
Wedding registry items for the home: 
 
-Workout equipment: Since a lot of people are working from home, not everyone can get out of the house like they used to. Workout equipment is a great addition to your registry because you can use it from the comfort of your home, and still get that good sweat in. (Did someone say Peloton?)
 
-Subscription services: In case you weren’t already aware, subscriptions usually make up a fair chunk of expenses for most households nowadays. Something like a year-long Netflix subscription, or a music streaming service, like Spotify would help fund any entertainment needs for the home. Or even a meal service like Hello Fresh or a wine subscription would be a great way to let your guests support you as a newlywed couple. And, this way, no one has to go out in public, and the entire transaction is contactless on both ends.
 
-Register online: Using websites where people can purchase registry items online that can be delivered to your house is a great way to have your guests give you a gift. Examples of sites like this include Bloomingdales, Macy’s or Williams Sonoma.

  
Other items for the happy couple:
 
-Donation: Consider having a registry item that is a donation to something that involves bigger funds. An example: honeymoon, first house fund. This way people can donate money to you, and it's completely hands-free for all involved. And, you get a little extra money toward whatever you’re saving up for. 
 
-Shop local: Try adding items from local stores to support small businesses and restaurants since small businesses across the nation have been struggling at increasing amounts in the past year. Not only are you supporting local families and making a difference in your community – you’re also getting a nice gift for your new home.
 
-Ask for a COVID-19 care basket: Newlyweds could request a “COVID couple” basket. Think a raffle basket, but it includes hand sanitizer, an air purifier, masks, vitamins, & other COVID-fighting items. Not only is this gift slightly comedic and cute, but it also allows any of your creative guests to make something fun and useful.
 
Whatever you do, don't stress. 
 
Planning a wedding during COVID doesn't have to be all stressful. Although parts of it can be frustrating, creating your registry is one of the things that can be really fun for you and your partner. With our helpful tips, you can make sure you're getting everything you want on your registry and keeping your guests safe.
 
 

  • Date: Mar 29, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Natalie Khait
  • Category: Wedding Fashion   
There's plenty that goes into making sure that a bride looks impeccable on her wedding day. She needs to think about the dress, makeup, hair, and most importantly her shoes. For some brides, finding the perfect shoes to wear on their wedding day isn’t a big deal but, for others it can be challenging to find the perfect fit. There are many factors to consider when looking for your ultimate wedding shoes.
 
Here are a few helpful tips in finding the perfect wedding shoes you'll love for your big day:
 
First things First - Find Your Dress First 
 
Starting off, there's no point in finding the perfect wedding shoes you'll love if you don’t have a dress. (unless you're a shoe fashionista, then by all means get your shoes first) First and foremost the length and style of your dress will be a key factor in the style of shoe you select. Bring your shoes to your first wedding gown fitting if possible. If you’re going for a shorter wedding dress your shoes will be a statement accessory.
 
Pop of Color
 
Most brides have a very specific wedding style that they want to wear on their special day. Some brides are drawn to traditional style shoes that are white and nude. On the other hand, maybe you want to step outside the box. For instance, add some colorful options like pink and red. Along with that, keeping with traditions you can add “something blue” for your shoes to complete your wedding day look.
 
Wedding Day Theme and Style
 
Your wedding gown style and wedding day theme will determine the type of shoes you want to consider for your event.  Therefore, your options are endless, anything from various types of pumps, bridal flats to strappy sandals, wedges, sneakers, and beach flat sandals. In creating your wedding day look, keep in mind your venue and the location that your ceremony will be taking place. For example, a beach vs a garden ceremony.  Don’t want your heels to get damaged; we have found an awesome heel protector called “The Soulmates” that will save your heel from getting ruined.
 
If the Shoe Fits Wear it!
 
Above all, you’ll want to start early and research all of the shoe options (try them on) and make sure they’re comfortable. As a bride you're going to be on your feet throughout the entire day, so make should they are the perfect fit. Obviously, there are thousands of different styles of bridal shoes. In other words, you won’t know if it’s the right fit until your foot slips into it. If you like multiple pairs, buy them all but make sure you know the store's return policy so you can return the ones you don’t like.  
 
Wear them again
 
Lastly, find a pair of shoes that are versatile and can be worn to another event. Every time you wear these shoes they will remind you of your big day.  Women tend to buy shoes once for special occasions and then will never wear them again.
 
Whatever the color or style of shoes you select, just make sure that you love them and they are comfortable because you will be in them for the entire time of your wedding and they will be in all your wedding pictures. Happy Shoe Hunting:) 
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There's plenty that goes into making sure that a bride looks impeccable on her wedding day. She needs to think about the dress, makeup, hair, and most importantly her shoes. For some brides, finding the perfect shoes to wear on their wedding day isn’t a big deal but, for others it can be challenging to find the perfect fit. There are many factors to consider when looking for your ultimate wedding shoes.
 
Here are a few helpful tips in finding the perfect wedding shoes you'll love for your big day:
 
First things First - Find Your Dress First 
 
Starting off, there's no point in finding the perfect wedding shoes you'll love if you don’t have a dress. (unless you're a shoe fashionista, then by all means get your shoes first) First and foremost the length and style of your dress will be a key factor in the style of shoe you select. Bring your shoes to your first wedding gown fitting if possible. If you’re going for a shorter wedding dress your shoes will be a statement accessory.
 
Pop of Color
 
Most brides have a very specific wedding style that they want to wear on their special day. Some brides are drawn to traditional style shoes that are white and nude. On the other hand, maybe you want to step outside the box. For instance, add some colorful options like pink and red. Along with that, keeping with traditions you can add “something blue” for your shoes to complete your wedding day look.
 
Wedding Day Theme and Style
 
Your wedding gown style and wedding day theme will determine the type of shoes you want to consider for your event.  Therefore, your options are endless, anything from various types of pumps, bridal flats to strappy sandals, wedges, sneakers, and beach flat sandals. In creating your wedding day look, keep in mind your venue and the location that your ceremony will be taking place. For example, a beach vs a garden ceremony.  Don’t want your heels to get damaged; we have found an awesome heel protector called “The Soulmates” that will save your heel from getting ruined.
 
If the Shoe Fits Wear it!
 
Above all, you’ll want to start early and research all of the shoe options (try them on) and make sure they’re comfortable. As a bride you're going to be on your feet throughout the entire day, so make should they are the perfect fit. Obviously, there are thousands of different styles of bridal shoes. In other words, you won’t know if it’s the right fit until your foot slips into it. If you like multiple pairs, buy them all but make sure you know the store's return policy so you can return the ones you don’t like.  
 
Wear them again
 
Lastly, find a pair of shoes that are versatile and can be worn to another event. Every time you wear these shoes they will remind you of your big day.  Women tend to buy shoes once for special occasions and then will never wear them again.
 
Whatever the color or style of shoes you select, just make sure that you love them and they are comfortable because you will be in them for the entire time of your wedding and they will be in all your wedding pictures. Happy Shoe Hunting:) 
  • Date: Mar 03, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Natalie Khait
  • Category: Planning Tips   

Bells are in the air for Long Island couples currently planning a micro wedding...New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the updated guidelines for planning a Covid wedding in New York State: As of March 15th, couples can host a 150-person wedding reception. This news has couples and wedding vendors popping bottles. But halt your excitement as there are still restrictions regarding the planning and execution of this cheerful event. Below are some guidelines and tips for Planning a New York Covid Wedding.

Wedding Guidelines Covid

Here are some highlights of the guidelines released by Governor Cuomo as of February 24, 2021:

·    Curfew for catered events will be 12:00 AM (midnight) as of March 15th

·    Testing / Vaccine: Negative Rapid Test within 6 hours of the event, a PCR Test within 72 hours of the event or Proof of vaccination series completed 14 days before the event. 

·    Dancing (with masks) will be allowed in small groups, which will consist of whoever is sitting at your dining table in socially distanced designated dancing areas. Guests cannot move between dance areas. Ceremonial dances will be allowed as well.

·    Cocktail Hour - Guests must wear masks at all times except when seated to eat.

·    Gatherings Indoors at 50% capacity up to 150 Guests as of March 15th 

Click here to view the updated guidelines in greater detail for “In-Person and Catered Events” on Page 7.

Updated Wedding Guidelines as of March 3, 2021

For more information, click here for the latest wedding guidelines regarding Social Gathering Limits per Governor Cuomo's press conference.

Covid Wedding Size Restrictions

The guest count at the wedding is limited and at this time the restrictions are up to 150 people or 50 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever one is smaller. Not to mention, Governor Cuomo said that wedding guests should be friends and family in your small circle. For this reason, weddings come with a safety bonus because your friends and family want to keep one another safe. Also, when finalizing the guest list, make sure to choose the people who are closest to you and who will follow all the necessary safety precautions.

Everyone At The Event Must Get Tested

Finally, all attending the event including wedding vendors must receive a negative test result prior to the event.  In fact, some companies might be offering on-site testing however this may come with a more expensive price tag. 

In retrospect, it was just a year ago that everything started to shut down, and now as of March 15th, things are starting to look better than they did 365 days ago. With that, weddings making a return, we can only hope that life is slowly going back to normal. Whether or not everyone you want to be there to celebrate your big day is present is insignificant to the vow you and your partner are about to make to go from two to one (plus there is always Zoom!).

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Bells are in the air for Long Island couples currently planning a micro wedding...New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the updated guidelines for planning a Covid wedding in New York State: As of March 15th, couples can host a 150-person wedding reception. This news has couples and wedding vendors popping bottles. But halt your excitement as there are still restrictions regarding the planning and execution of this cheerful event. Below are some guidelines and tips for Planning a New York Covid Wedding.

Wedding Guidelines Covid

Here are some highlights of the guidelines released by Governor Cuomo as of February 24, 2021:

·    Curfew for catered events will be 12:00 AM (midnight) as of March 15th

·    Testing / Vaccine: Negative Rapid Test within 6 hours of the event, a PCR Test within 72 hours of the event or Proof of vaccination series completed 14 days before the event. 

·    Dancing (with masks) will be allowed in small groups, which will consist of whoever is sitting at your dining table in socially distanced designated dancing areas. Guests cannot move between dance areas. Ceremonial dances will be allowed as well.

·    Cocktail Hour - Guests must wear masks at all times except when seated to eat.

·    Gatherings Indoors at 50% capacity up to 150 Guests as of March 15th 

Click here to view the updated guidelines in greater detail for “In-Person and Catered Events” on Page 7.

Updated Wedding Guidelines as of March 3, 2021

For more information, click here for the latest wedding guidelines regarding Social Gathering Limits per Governor Cuomo's press conference.

Covid Wedding Size Restrictions

The guest count at the wedding is limited and at this time the restrictions are up to 150 people or 50 percent of the venue's capacity, whichever one is smaller. Not to mention, Governor Cuomo said that wedding guests should be friends and family in your small circle. For this reason, weddings come with a safety bonus because your friends and family want to keep one another safe. Also, when finalizing the guest list, make sure to choose the people who are closest to you and who will follow all the necessary safety precautions.

Everyone At The Event Must Get Tested

Finally, all attending the event including wedding vendors must receive a negative test result prior to the event.  In fact, some companies might be offering on-site testing however this may come with a more expensive price tag. 

In retrospect, it was just a year ago that everything started to shut down, and now as of March 15th, things are starting to look better than they did 365 days ago. With that, weddings making a return, we can only hope that life is slowly going back to normal. Whether or not everyone you want to be there to celebrate your big day is present is insignificant to the vow you and your partner are about to make to go from two to one (plus there is always Zoom!).

  • Date: Mar 03, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Natalie Khait
  • Category: Jewelry   
Weddings are a ceremony that solidify two souls coming together as one for the rest of their lives. Usually, what is supposed to be a joyous occasion typically begins with lots of checklists going into wedding planning, especially when it is time to select the wedding ring. 

Top Six Wedding Rings; Diamonds

Although eye-catching engagement rings, with their large and shiny diamonds, are what most people are drawn to, it is the wedding ring that signifies the bond between two. Before you say "I Do" consider these top six wedding rings.
 
Shared Prong Diamond Rings
Starting off, these rings contain a row of diamonds all around the ring. Above all, there is no metal border on the ring, so you are able to see the full shape of the diamond. 
 
Scalloped Pavé Engagement Rings
This style has rounded cutouts on the side of the band, is most popular and most women gravitate towards. There is a metal band but the rounded cutouts make the metal less visible and alotts for shine.  
 
French Pavé Diamond Rings
In addition to scalloped pavé rings, French Pavé increases the ring's sparkle. The form of the metal on the ring creates a fishtail, or a small U or V shape. In this ring, you are able to see the side of the diamonds the most.
 
Special Rings
 
Plain Wedding Bands
These rings have no actual diamond inside but are the most classic, simple and most comfortable ring. They come in platinum, 14K rose gold, 18K white or yellow gold. These rings also will match with any outfit. 
 
Eternity Rings
Moving on to something a little different, eternity rings match every engagement ring. This style contains gemstones that wrap all around the ring. The only downfall is that it is very difficult to alter in size. 
 
Sapphire Rings
Finally, sapphire rings are for when you want to add some color to your finger.  This ring signifies faithfulness and comes in deep blue and pink. 

Regardless of the ring, it’s about the love and bond between two people that matters. They say, “diamonds are a girl's best friend,” but your best friend will always be the one you marry. 

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Weddings are a ceremony that solidify two souls coming together as one for the rest of their lives. Usually, what is supposed to be a joyous occasion typically begins with lots of checklists going into wedding planning, especially when it is time to select the wedding ring. 

Top Six Wedding Rings; Diamonds

Although eye-catching engagement rings, with their large and shiny diamonds, are what most people are drawn to, it is the wedding ring that signifies the bond between two. Before you say "I Do" consider these top six wedding rings.
 
Shared Prong Diamond Rings
Starting off, these rings contain a row of diamonds all around the ring. Above all, there is no metal border on the ring, so you are able to see the full shape of the diamond. 
 
Scalloped Pavé Engagement Rings
This style has rounded cutouts on the side of the band, is most popular and most women gravitate towards. There is a metal band but the rounded cutouts make the metal less visible and alotts for shine.  
 
French Pavé Diamond Rings
In addition to scalloped pavé rings, French Pavé increases the ring's sparkle. The form of the metal on the ring creates a fishtail, or a small U or V shape. In this ring, you are able to see the side of the diamonds the most.
 
Special Rings
 
Plain Wedding Bands
These rings have no actual diamond inside but are the most classic, simple and most comfortable ring. They come in platinum, 14K rose gold, 18K white or yellow gold. These rings also will match with any outfit. 
 
Eternity Rings
Moving on to something a little different, eternity rings match every engagement ring. This style contains gemstones that wrap all around the ring. The only downfall is that it is very difficult to alter in size. 
 
Sapphire Rings
Finally, sapphire rings are for when you want to add some color to your finger.  This ring signifies faithfulness and comes in deep blue and pink. 

Regardless of the ring, it’s about the love and bond between two people that matters. They say, “diamonds are a girl's best friend,” but your best friend will always be the one you marry. 

  • Date: Mar 01, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Madeline Merinuk
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Bachelorette parties are a great excuse for the bride and her bridesmaids to let loose and celebrate before the big day. Unfortunately, now that we’re stuck in a pandemic, there are a lot of safety factors to consider. If there’s one skill that people generally have adopted throughout the pandemic, it’s learning how to get creative with event planning while keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind. Stuck on how to keep your bachelorette party COVID-free? Don't worry! It's not impossible to host a bachelorette party during covid. We've compiled a guide to help you keep yours safe and COVID-free.
 
Host a Virtual Bachelorette Party
 
Think about the activities people typically do during a bachelorette party: drinking, dancing, playing fun bridal games. What’s something all of these things have in common? You can do them anywhere.
 
By hosting a virtual bachelorette party, you’re saving yourself a lot of COVID-related stress. Luckily, it’s very easy to make your virtual bachelorette party entertaining for all of your guests. There are many different ways to take your virtual bachelorette party to the next level, and we’ve introduced some of them below.
 
-Send your attendees a “party pack” beforehand. This could include a t-shirt, matching wine glasses, a bottle of champagne and other fun goodies for your bridesmaids.
-Implement a dress code for all attendees (for example, a monochromatic color scheme.)
-Introduce games or competitions. Some ideas include a household scavenger hunt, a cooking competition, karaoke sing-off or a trivia game centered around the bride.
 
If You Want to Have an In-Person Bachelorette Party
 
The most important thing you’ll have to address is making sure you’re following safety guidelines. In New York specifically, the number of people allowed is large enough that you could still safely host a bachelorette party. Just make sure you check your state’s guidelines for up-to-date information about indoor gatherings. 
 
If you wanted to keep your party in-person but provide your guests a safer alternative to an indoor party, you could host your party outdoors. Depending on the weather, this could be challenging. Nonetheless, you still can engage in all of the same fun activities you would if you were indoors. You could book an outdoor space for this occasion, or even have it in the comfort of your backyard. If you host the big night in your backyard, you can do it up with some string lights, a tent, or whatever best suits your vibe for the occasion. 
 
However, if you really wanted to go all-out, you could plan a COVID-safe retreat with your bridal party somewhere secluded. This could include something like a spa retreat or an Airbnb rental. Just ensure that your bridal party gets tested beforehand and they stay safe throughout the trip to prevent any unnecessary health scares.
 
Don't Let COVID-19 Ruin Your Big Day
 
You don't want to miss out on the fun tradition of having a bachelorette party, especially because of a pandemic that’s out of your control. Luckily, you can take back the control by being informed about any necessary safety precautions, and then adjusting your plans accordingly. It'll take some brainpower, as well as getting your creative juices flowing, but the hard work will be worth it. Even in a global pandemic, you deserve to celebrate your big day.

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Bachelorette parties are a great excuse for the bride and her bridesmaids to let loose and celebrate before the big day. Unfortunately, now that we’re stuck in a pandemic, there are a lot of safety factors to consider. If there’s one skill that people generally have adopted throughout the pandemic, it’s learning how to get creative with event planning while keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind. Stuck on how to keep your bachelorette party COVID-free? Don't worry! It's not impossible to host a bachelorette party during covid. We've compiled a guide to help you keep yours safe and COVID-free.
 
Host a Virtual Bachelorette Party
 
Think about the activities people typically do during a bachelorette party: drinking, dancing, playing fun bridal games. What’s something all of these things have in common? You can do them anywhere.
 
By hosting a virtual bachelorette party, you’re saving yourself a lot of COVID-related stress. Luckily, it’s very easy to make your virtual bachelorette party entertaining for all of your guests. There are many different ways to take your virtual bachelorette party to the next level, and we’ve introduced some of them below.
 
-Send your attendees a “party pack” beforehand. This could include a t-shirt, matching wine glasses, a bottle of champagne and other fun goodies for your bridesmaids.
-Implement a dress code for all attendees (for example, a monochromatic color scheme.)
-Introduce games or competitions. Some ideas include a household scavenger hunt, a cooking competition, karaoke sing-off or a trivia game centered around the bride.
 
If You Want to Have an In-Person Bachelorette Party
 
The most important thing you’ll have to address is making sure you’re following safety guidelines. In New York specifically, the number of people allowed is large enough that you could still safely host a bachelorette party. Just make sure you check your state’s guidelines for up-to-date information about indoor gatherings. 
 
If you wanted to keep your party in-person but provide your guests a safer alternative to an indoor party, you could host your party outdoors. Depending on the weather, this could be challenging. Nonetheless, you still can engage in all of the same fun activities you would if you were indoors. You could book an outdoor space for this occasion, or even have it in the comfort of your backyard. If you host the big night in your backyard, you can do it up with some string lights, a tent, or whatever best suits your vibe for the occasion. 
 
However, if you really wanted to go all-out, you could plan a COVID-safe retreat with your bridal party somewhere secluded. This could include something like a spa retreat or an Airbnb rental. Just ensure that your bridal party gets tested beforehand and they stay safe throughout the trip to prevent any unnecessary health scares.
 
Don't Let COVID-19 Ruin Your Big Day
 
You don't want to miss out on the fun tradition of having a bachelorette party, especially because of a pandemic that’s out of your control. Luckily, you can take back the control by being informed about any necessary safety precautions, and then adjusting your plans accordingly. It'll take some brainpower, as well as getting your creative juices flowing, but the hard work will be worth it. Even in a global pandemic, you deserve to celebrate your big day.

  • Date: Feb 26, 2021
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Danielle Koscik
  • Category: Planning Tips   
Many people spend their lives dreaming of their wedding day. However, it is likely those dreams did not involve a global pandemic. New York state has certain restrictions on weddings, but that does not mean your wedding cannot be everything you've dreamed of. A big part of any wedding is your family traditions. Even with Covid-19 restrictions considered all of these traditions are still possible. Here are some great tips on how to keep family wedding traditions during a pandemic. 
 
Traditional Family Speeches

Some older family members may not be able to attend your wedding because they are quarantining. To make them feel included you can have someone record a video of them sharing their love to you. This video can then be broadcast at the wedding, maybe while they are on FaceTime to watch your reaction. They could even use Zoom to make their speech live. This twist on a typical tradition can be used to include anyone who is not able to attend your wedding.
 
"Something Borrowed" Family Wedding Tradition

If you are having a traditional wedding, you are probably already looking for “something borrowed” to wear on your big day. This is the perfect chance to incorporate something from a loved one who is not able to come to your wedding because of Covid-19 restrictions. One beautiful way to do this is by adding a little picture of them on your bouquet. This could be used to honor someone you have lost or who is not able to be present. For grooms, you could borrow a tie, watch or cuff links from a prominent male figure in your life. Therefore, including a little part of them in your even if they can’t be there.
 
Show your Love
 
Another excellent way of representing your loved one is by sending them an invitation even if you know they cannot attend. In the invitation, you can let them know that if they are not comfortable being present on the day you will reserve a seat for them. Then you can keep that seat empty in their honor. 

Unique Ideas for Bouquet Toss
 
Along the same lines, the bouquet toss is also usually a cause for crowds to form. You could do a couple of these with multiple bouquets and split the groups by age. If you have children at your wedding, you could have one with the little girls. Then gather a group of older single women for the second toss. This is also a fun way to include the kids in your life and make them feel special.
 
Traditional Family Style Dinner
 
Many couples have their heart set on a buffet at their wedding and were looking forward to including some traditional family meals. This may still be an option for you. Our advice is to check with your venue and see if they are still doing buffet-style catering. Then ask if it would be possible to incorporate some home-cooked meals. If this isn't possible you could also try to book caterers that have similar styled food to your traditional family meals.
 
Send-off Alternative
 
To signal the night has come to an end many couples decide to do a traditional send-off. This is where guests throw rice or flowers and wish the bride and groom a happy honeymoon. To keep this socially distant some couples have opted to do this wedding tradition tailgate style. This family wedding tradition can be done while obeying the restrictions by having guests park their cars a safe distance apart down a line in the parking lot of the venue. Then you and your new spouse will walk through the rows as you exit for the night and say goodbye to everyone safely. 
 
We just touched on a few options. However, remember to keep in mind this is your wedding day and you can decide whether these ideas fit your desires. We hope we gave you a few helpful choices on how to keep your family wedding traditions in a Pandemic safe wedding.

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Many people spend their lives dreaming of their wedding day. However, it is likely those dreams did not involve a global pandemic. New York state has certain restrictions on weddings, but that does not mean your wedding cannot be everything you've dreamed of. A big part of any wedding is your family traditions. Even with Covid-19 restrictions considered all of these traditions are still possible. Here are some great tips on how to keep family wedding traditions during a pandemic. 
 
Traditional Family Speeches

Some older family members may not be able to attend your wedding because they are quarantining. To make them feel included you can have someone record a video of them sharing their love to you. This video can then be broadcast at the wedding, maybe while they are on FaceTime to watch your reaction. They could even use Zoom to make their speech live. This twist on a typical tradition can be used to include anyone who is not able to attend your wedding.
 
"Something Borrowed" Family Wedding Tradition

If you are having a traditional wedding, you are probably already looking for “something borrowed” to wear on your big day. This is the perfect chance to incorporate something from a loved one who is not able to come to your wedding because of Covid-19 restrictions. One beautiful way to do this is by adding a little picture of them on your bouquet. This could be used to honor someone you have lost or who is not able to be present. For grooms, you could borrow a tie, watch or cuff links from a prominent male figure in your life. Therefore, including a little part of them in your wedding, even if they can’t be there.
 
Show your Love
 
Another excellent way of representing your loved one is by sending them an invitation even if you know they cannot attend. In the invitation, you can let them know that if they are not comfortable being present on the day you will reserve a seat for them. Then you can keep that seat empty in their honor. 

Unique Ideas for Bouquet Toss
 
Along the same lines, the bouquet toss is also usually a cause for crowds to form. You could do a couple of these with multiple bouquets and split the groups by age. If you have children at your wedding, you could have one with the little girls. Then gather a group of older single women for the second toss. This is also a fun way to include the kids in your life and make them feel special.
 
Traditional Family Style Dinner
 
Many couples have their heart set on a buffet at their wedding and were looking forward to including some traditional family meals. This may still be an option for you. Our advice is to check with your venue and see if they are still doing buffet-style catering. Then ask if it would be possible to incorporate some home-cooked meals. If this isn't possible you could also try to book caterers that have similar styled food to your traditional family meals.
 
Send-off Alternative
 
To signal the night has come to an end many couples decide to do a traditional send-off. This is where guests throw rice or flowers and wish the bride and groom a happy honeymoon. To keep this socially distant some couples have opted to do this wedding tradition tailgate style. This family wedding tradition can be done while obeying the restrictions by having guests park their cars a safe distance apart down a line in the parking lot of the venue. Then you and your new spouse will walk through the rows as you exit for the night and say goodbye to everyone safely. 
 
We just touched on a few options. However, remember to keep in mind this is your wedding day and you can decide whether these ideas fit your desires. We hope we gave you a few helpful choices on how to keep your family wedding traditions in a Pandemic safe wedding.

  • Date: Nov 30, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Katerina Belales
  • Category: Health & Beauty   
Deciding on your wedding makeup is one of the final steps in completing your look for the big day. However, figuring out what makeup look is right for you can be tricky for many brides. Whether it is soft and natural or bold and colorful, your wedding makeup should make you feel beautiful as you are. If you're looking for the best examples of your desired natural makeup look, smokey eye, or pop-colored lip, take a look at eight of our favorite wedding makeup looks for your big day!

1.  Bold Red Lip

Nothing says love like red. Traditional bright red lips are among the most popular wedding makeup looks. If you have a fairer complexion, try a brighter orange-red; and if you have a darker complexion, a blue-toned red is the perfect color choice for you. No matter what type of red you decide, your makeup will sure to look gorgeous as it pops against your white gown.

2. Wedding Makeup Tip – The Classic Smokey Eye
 
Looking for something as dramatic as a bold red lip, but want to take it a step further? Go for the sultry and intense smokey eye. Pairing a charcoal-hued eye look along with either smudged or winged black eyeliner is the perfect makeup look to keep all eyes on you.
 
3. Neutral Brown Looks
 
If you’re interested in the dramatic smokey eye, but don’t want the harsh black lines, why not try neutral colors? Going all natural with brown-toned eye make-up gives a fresher, edgier look while still keeping a smokey makeup style. It also looks great with any eye color, and is sure to make your eyes pop.
 
4. Natural Wedding Makeup
 
 If you prefer as natural makeup as possible, using dewy foundation is perfect to achieve that flawless skin look. Pair it up with some light, neutral-colored eyeshadow and a nude lip to get that no-makeup makeup look.
 
5.  Soft Glam/Blushing Bride
 
This wedding look is for brides that want a more natural look, but also want soft glam with a pop of color.  Incorporating peachy, rosy tones into your makeup (such as blush) gives your face a splash of color to get that romantic, angelic wedding makeup look.
 
6.  Pop of Color 
 
If you want to take it a step further, try adding some brighter pops of color into your wedding makeup. Colors like purple and green can help accentuate the eyes, while reds and bright pinks can bring focus to your lips. You can even slip in “something blue” with a bold or pastel blue eye!
 
7.  Metallic Wedding Makeup
 
What better way to incorporate pops of color than to have a metallic wedding makeup look? Whether it’s silver, gold, or pearl, you can add these colors through sparkly glitter eyeshadow or highlighter for an illuminated, pearlescent look. Make sure you keep the rest of the look simple to really accentuate the metallic features.
 
8.  Matte Wedding Makeup
 
This look is for the brides that want to keep it as simple as possible. The key to this look is having a smooth, flawless skin finish. Since highlighting and sparkles accentuate skin texture, it’s best to stay away from those products in this case. However, matte makeup looks can certainly be either more natural, or can incorporate many pops of color!
 
No matter what makeup style you choose, make sure it’s what represents you the best!  
 
Call and schedule an appointment with one of the Elite Wedding Professionals on our website that specialize in hair & makeup. 
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Deciding on your wedding makeup is one of the final steps in completing your look for the big day. However, figuring out what makeup look is right for you can be tricky for many brides. Whether it is soft and natural or bold and colorful, your wedding makeup should make you feel beautiful as you are. If you're looking for the best examples of your desired natural makeup look, smokey eye, or pop-colored lip, take a look at eight of our favorite wedding makeup looks for your big day!

1.  Bold Red Lip

Nothing says love like red. Traditional bright red lips are among the most popular wedding makeup looks. If you have a fairer complexion, try a brighter orange-red; and if you have a darker complexion, a blue-toned red is the perfect color choice for you. No matter what type of red you decide, your makeup will sure to look gorgeous as it pops against your white gown.

2. Wedding Makeup Tip – The Classic Smokey Eye
 
Looking for something as dramatic as a bold red lip, but want to take it a step further? Go for the sultry and intense smokey eye. Pairing a charcoal-hued eye look along with either smudged or winged black eyeliner is the perfect makeup look to keep all eyes on you.
 
3. Neutral Brown Looks
 
If you’re interested in the dramatic smokey eye, but don’t want the harsh black lines, why not try neutral colors? Going all natural with brown-toned eye make-up gives a fresher, edgier look while still keeping a smokey makeup style. It also looks great with any eye color, and is sure to make your eyes pop.
 
4. Natural Wedding Makeup
 
 If you prefer as natural makeup as possible, using dewy foundation is perfect to achieve that flawless skin look. Pair it up with some light, neutral-colored eyeshadow and a nude lip to get that no-makeup makeup look.
 
5.  Soft Glam/Blushing Bride
 
This wedding look is for brides that want a more natural look, but also want soft glam with a pop of color.  Incorporating peachy, rosy tones into your makeup (such as blush) gives your face a splash of color to get that romantic, angelic wedding makeup look.
 
6.  Pop of Color 
 
If you want to take it a step further, try adding some brighter pops of color into your wedding makeup. Colors like purple and green can help accentuate the eyes, while reds and bright pinks can bring focus to your lips. You can even slip in “something blue” with a bold or pastel blue eye!
 
7.  Metallic Wedding Makeup
 
What better way to incorporate pops of color than to have a metallic wedding makeup look? Whether it’s silver, gold, or pearl, you can add these colors through sparkly glitter eyeshadow or highlighter for an illuminated, pearlescent look. Make sure you keep the rest of the look simple to really accentuate the metallic features.
 
8.  Matte Wedding Makeup
 
This look is for the brides that want to keep it as simple as possible. The key to this look is having a smooth, flawless skin finish. Since highlighting and sparkles accentuate skin texture, it’s best to stay away from those products in this case. However, matte makeup looks can certainly be either more natural, or can incorporate many pops of color!
 
No matter what makeup style you choose, make sure it’s what represents you the best!  
 
Call and schedule an appointment with one of the Elite Wedding Professionals on our website that specialize in hair & makeup. 

When it comes to choosing hairstyles and accessories for your wedding day, the possibilities are endless. Choices can depend
on the style of your dress, your face shape, and the possible theme or season of your wedding (if you want to correlate the two).
What matters most, however, is how they fit your personality. Here are some fun ideas and suggestions on how to style your hair
for the big day.

(*Note: Each wedding hairstyle will have one or two pictures correlated to its number for your viewing).

1. Chignon Hairstyles

The chignon, more commonly known as the “low bun,” is one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. With many different variations to choose from (such as incorporating braids and curls), there are endless possibilities for accessories. Crystal hairpins with any-length veil (or if you want to be a little different, try a birdcage veil) will be a great combination for this do!

2.  Half Up/Half Down Looks

This hairstyle is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want to fully commit to an updo, but still wants the intricate details of one. Classic and elegant, you can twist your hair or braid it in the back, and then add some voluminous curls to the bottom. We recommend using a pearl hairpin in the back to connect to your veil and complete the look!

3.  Hollywood Curls

Speaking of voluminous curls, few wedding hairstyles can compete with the glamour of old Hollywood curls. This retro style can be either loose and pretty or defined and striking. For accessories, what can be more glamorous than a dazzling tiara or rhinestone headpiece? Pair them with a cathedral-length veil, and this hairstyle will be perfect for you to live your red carpet fantasy!

4.  Ponytail Hairstyles

If you want your hair out of your face, but don’t want a complete updo, ponytails are another great option! Whether it's a high, low, sleek, or messy ponytail, this hairstyle is an absolute classic. If you want to showcase this style even more, go for a birdcage or blusher veil. Adding a crystallized hairpiece on the side will also really get that unique look.

5.  Braided Looks

If you’re looking for another bohemian look that is a bit more detailed than loose waves, why not try braids? Whether it's a single braid
or mixed into another hairstyle, this look works for both classic and modern weddings. We also suggest pairing this look with a more fun accessory, like an embellished hairpin or flowers!

6. Loose Waves/Curls

Do you want your hair to be down, but don’t want the exaggerated curls that come with the Hollywood look? Why not try simple loose waves? This style is perfect for more laid-back or bohemian weddings. Add a flower crown and shoulder-length veil, and you've got the ultimate bohemian wedding look that's simply to die for.

Each hairstyle and accessory offers a different, unique, and stunning look; but remember, your choice is ultimately what you feel most beautiful in!

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When it comes to choosing hairstyles and accessories for your wedding day, the possibilities are endless. Choices can depend
on the style of your dress, your face shape, and the possible theme or season of your wedding (if you want to correlate the two).
What matters most, however, is how they fit your personality. Here are some fun ideas and suggestions on how to style your hair
for the big day.

(*Note: Each wedding hairstyle will have one or two pictures correlated to its number for your viewing).

1. Chignon Hairstyles

The chignon, more commonly known as the “low bun,” is one of the most popular wedding hairstyles. With many different variations to choose from (such as incorporating braids and curls), there are endless possibilities for accessories. Crystal hairpins with any-length veil (or if you want to be a little different, try a birdcage veil) will be a great combination for this do!

2.  Half Up/Half Down Looks

This hairstyle is perfect for the bride that doesn’t want to fully commit to an updo, but still wants the intricate details of one. Classic and elegant, you can twist your hair or braid it in the back, and then add some voluminous curls to the bottom. We recommend using a pearl hairpin in the back to connect to your veil and complete the look!

3.  Hollywood Curls

Speaking of voluminous curls, few wedding hairstyles can compete with the glamour of old Hollywood curls. This retro style can be either loose and pretty or defined and striking. For accessories, what can be more glamorous than a dazzling tiara or rhinestone headpiece? Pair them with a cathedral-length veil, and this hairstyle will be perfect for you to live your red carpet fantasy!

4.  Ponytail Hairstyles

If you want your hair out of your face, but don’t want a complete updo, ponytails are another great option! Whether it's a high, low, sleek, or messy ponytail, this hairstyle is an absolute classic. If you want to showcase this style even more, go for a birdcage or blusher veil. Adding a crystallized hairpiece on the side will also really get that unique look.

5.  Braided Looks

If you’re looking for another bohemian look that is a bit more detailed than loose waves, why not try braids? Whether it's a single braid
or mixed into another hairstyle, this look works for both classic and modern weddings. We also suggest pairing this look with a more fun accessory, like an embellished hairpin or flowers!

6. Loose Waves/Curls

Do you want your hair to be down, but don’t want the exaggerated curls that come with the Hollywood look? Why not try simple loose waves? This style is perfect for more laid-back or bohemian weddings. Add a flower crown and shoulder-length veil, and you've got the ultimate bohemian wedding look that's simply to die for.

Each hairstyle and accessory offers a different, unique, and stunning look; but remember, your choice is ultimately what you feel most beautiful in!

  • Date: Nov 16, 2020
  • Author: Long Island Bride and Groom - Lauren Brill
  • Category: Planning Tips   
During these times, couples are having to get creative with their wedding planning. As a result, many couples are deciding to have a micro wedding in order to get married and celebrate, but under the new circumstances put into place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A micro wedding has all of the usual aspects of a wedding, however, it has 50 or fewer guests. Here are some examples for planning a micro wedding on Long Island during a pandemic.

Picking the right micro wedding venue
The first step to planning your special day is finding the venue of your dreams. When selecting the setting for your micro wedding, try to find a place that will accommodate a smaller group. Since many couples are re-scheduling their weddings to a later date there are many options at various venues that would fit what you are searching for. 

Outdoor weddings are popular right now, however, be mindful of what season you are getting married in. If the weather is colder, you might have to consider looking into indoor venues. Another way to celebrate a micro wedding is in your backyard, but catered by all of your vendors. For instance, renting a tent and working with your florist to decorate the backyard is a great way to personalize your traditional wedding on a smaller scale.  

Make it a sweet experience
Every great wedding includes great food, but there’s always room for dessert. When it comes to your wedding cake, you can speak to your baker in order to customize your desserts. A popular idea is supplementing your cake with cupcakes.

Capture the intimate moments 
Even with a small number of guests, you will want to have memories of this day with family and friends. One way is to hire a photographer and videographer to capture the day’s events. 

Although your affair is on a smaller scale this does not mean that you have to compromise having the wedding of your dreams. There are many ways you can plan your micro wedding to make it unique and enjoyable, but still Covid friendly.
 
Click here to view Long Island's finest wedding professionals for more inspiration.



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During these times, couples are having to get creative with their wedding planning. As a result, many couples are deciding to have a micro wedding in order to get married and celebrate, but under the new circumstances put into place in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A micro wedding has all of the usual aspects of a wedding, however, it has 50 or fewer guests. Here are some examples for planning a micro wedding on Long Island during a pandemic.

Picking the right micro wedding venue
The first step to planning your special day is finding the venue of your dreams. When selecting the setting for your micro wedding, try to find a place that will accommodate a smaller group. Since many couples are re-scheduling their weddings to a later date there are many options at various venues that would fit what you are searching for. 

Outdoor weddings are popular right now, however, be mindful of what season you are getting married in. If the weather is colder, you might have to consider looking into indoor venues. Another way to celebrate a micro wedding is in your backyard, but catered by all of your vendors. For instance, renting a tent and working with your florist to decorate the backyard is a great way to personalize your traditional wedding on a smaller scale.  

Make it a sweet experience
Every great wedding includes great food, but there’s always room for dessert. When it comes to your wedding cake, you can speak to your baker in order to customize your desserts. A popular idea is supplementing your cake with cupcakes.

Capture the intimate moments 
Even with a small number of guests, you will want to have memories of this day with family and friends. One way is to hire a photographer and videographer to capture the day’s events. 

Although your affair is on a smaller scale this does not mean that you have to compromise having the wedding of your dreams. There are many ways you can plan your micro wedding to make it unique and enjoyable, but still Covid friendly.
 
Click here to view Long Island's finest wedding professionals for more inspiration.