A Taste of a Hudson Valley Wedding

This year’s Annual Bridal Tasting at Lippincott Manor was another success! The day started with some rain, but we didn’t fret and the skies cleared up for a perfect night. Great people, great food, great times can describe the event. Tricia and Marty could not be happier with the turnout, meeting many great couples and their families.

Each year, Lippincott Manor hosts a bridal tasting to give engaged couples a taste of a Hudson Valley wedding and it is always a night to remember. The event invites couples that have already booked their 2014 wedding and couples that are still deciding to come and experience a mini-wedding. All guests have a chance to sample the delicious Lippincott Manor menu, relax, enjoy music , dance, meet photographers an florists, and experience all that Lippincott Manor has to offer. At the event, there are prizes that any attendee has a chance of winning, including upgrades to wedding packages.

Every moment is special at Lippincott Manor, and this year featured a beautiful lantern release to close out a night filled with fun and laughter. If you are dreaming of wedding set with a backdrop of the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains, call Tricia and Marty at Lippincott Manor for a tour of the grounds.

For more on the event, read Platinum Party Events’ blog post at http://platinumpartyevents.blogspot.com/2014/05/lippincott-manor-walkill-ny-bridal.html?spref=fb

Get Ready for Lippincott Manor’s 2014 Bridal Tasting!


It’s that time of year again! Spring is here and the 2014 Hudson Valley wedding season is about to kick off. To get this season started off on the right foot, Tricia and Marty Van Dyk are getting ready for Lippincott Manor’s annual Bridal Tasting. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 10 and starts at 6 pm.

Each year, Lippincott Manor hosts a Free Bridal Tasting for all booked couples an couples considering booking to attend and get a “taste” of a Lippincott Manor wedding. Featuring a cocktail hour, dinner, dessert, music, dancing, and giveaways, the evening is designed to give you a sample of what a Lippincott Manor wedding offers. From there, you are given the chance to envision all the unique touches and enhancements that you can add to your own wedding.

Also attending the event will be the Lippincott Manor’s choice photographer and DJs of the “all-inclusive package.” You’ll be able to meet with these professionals, see and experience their work, and discuss your vision for your special evening. Adding to the natural beauty of this Hudson Valley venue will be samples of flower arrangements from local florists, also included in the “all-inclusive package.”

As with every tasting event, there will be giveaways that include free wedding package enhancements available to couples booked for 2014 and those already booked for 2015.

For reservations, email lippincottmanor@hvc.rr.com or call 845-895-2474. It will be a wonderful evening, that you won’t want to miss!



Will You Have an Engagement Photo Shoot?

Getting married is exciting, from the joy of the proposal, to picking the perfect venue for your dream wedding, to dress shopping, and then of course, the big day – the big celebration that sets you off on the rest of your life. At this special time you want to remember all of the love, happiness and celebrations.

Hudson Valley Engagement

To make sure that you have these memories preserved forever, the wedding photographer is an integral part of the event.

Engagement photos

Most brides aren’t models and may not feel comfortable in front of the camera – and the same goes for their partners. For most wedding photographers, this doesn’t make a difference as a good photographer will be able to effortlessly capture all the beautiful moments of love and joy, without ever being noticed or disruptive. However, you may be dreaming of capturing that amazing pinterest-worthy photo.

Pet Engagement photo

Many couples are now doing engagement photo shoots. You can consider this your practice run. This is the time for you to get comfortable in front of the camera and comfortable with the person that is behind the camera. A good relationship with your photographer will show through in you wedding photos. Another obvious reason to have an engagement photo shoot is for the memories. Takes some time to enjoy your engagement. You’ve been running around and making plans for the big day, why not relax and capture some special moments between the two of you.

Hudson Valley Engagement photo shoot

There’s Still Time to Book Your 2014 Wedding!

Planning a wedding – everybody has there own idea of how it should be done, in what amount of time, and lots of advice to give. Just Google, “How to plan a wedding?” and the results will be overwhelming.

Hudson Valley Wedding

But that doesn’t mean that everybody else’s plan is right for you. While it may be a little more typical to plan a wedding over the course of a year and a half, perhaps that is just not you. Maybe you haven’t found the right venue, or you are a procrastinator by nature and not even a wedding is going to change you. Or maybe you just got engaged and cannot wait a year to get married.

Whatever your reason for not setting a date yet for your **2014** wedding, we want you to know that you are not locked out from having your wedding this year. That’s right, there are still dates available to book your 2014 wedding at Lippincott Manor! And, as a bonus for the last-minute bride, book now and discounts are being offered for **2014** wedding packages.

Lippincott Manor Wedding

While there is much to plan when it comes to a wedding, you can rest assured that the owners of Lippincott Manor, Tricia and Marty, will be the help that you need. As with every wedding that they host, Tricia and Marty are the helping hands that every bride needs. They are firm believers that every wedding should be special, and they know the stresses that planning one can bring. As industry professionals they are ready to tackle every hurdle – even the hustle of a short engagement.

Don’t Forget About Your Chance to Win a Free Hudson Valley Wedding!

Although we are sad to see the 2013 season come to a close, we are grateful for all of the wonderful people that have come to Lippincott Manor and have enriched our lives. But in our business, there really is very little time to sit back and kick up our feet, so that is why we are already thinking 2014!

We have some lovely couples booked for 2014 already, and there are still openings. At Lippincott Manor, we try to customize every wedding as best we can to meet each couple’s expectations. We offer three wedding menu packages to accommodate any budget. And a special bonus to our booked couples, we offer a chance to win a Free Wedding Giveaway. This is just our way of saying “thank you” to all the wonderful people that have chosen Lippincott Manor for their special day.

Drawings for the Free Wedding Giveaway will take place at our annual Bridal Tasting held in May. Each year we hold a bridal tasting for our booked couples – this year’s will take place on May 10 at 6 pm. Always a fun night, this event is held so that a couple may preview their wedding. The evening is organized to run like a mini wedding, with food, drinks, music, dancing and even a fireworks display.

There is also lots more to give away. Of course, the grand prize is a free wedding, but there are also wedding package upgrades that are awarded. For a chance to win your free wedding come in and book your wedding at Lippincott Manor. Make sure to hurry on in, as the free wedding will only be given away if there are at least 25 weddings booked.

Hudson Valley summer wedding at Lippincott Manor

Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance at Lippincott Manor

Harvest Moon invite

Sadly, this year’s wedding season is coming to a close. It was another wonderful year at Lippincott Manor, with the many beautiful couples and their families and friends that have passed through in celebration of these marriages. As always, Lippincott Manor is truly grateful for all the joy that they have experienced with each event.

To send off the season, Lippincott Manor has planned a Harvest Moon Dinner/Dance. This event will be held on Saturday, October 26th and is guaranteed to be a night of ghoulish fun.

The night starts at 6:00 p.m. and will go on until 11:00 p.m. Planned for the evening will be appetizers, a buffet dinner and dessert. E Rock Entertainment will be DJing and there will be a haunted hayride, bonfire and a photo booth to capture all the wacky Halloween fun. Adding to the night, there will be a costume contest, so dress to impress in your Halloween Best!

The evening is for guests 21 & over, and there will be a cash bar. This is a reservation-only event. Tickets are $25 each and on sale now. To get yours, call (845) 895-2474 or email info@lippincottmanor.com. You can also check out our Facebook page for information and updates on the event.

But hurry! Halloween is just around the corner and we wouldn’t want you to be counted out!

Fall Weddings in the Hudson Valley

This Sunday is the Autumnal Equinox and we’re sure that you have already started to feel it coming. With the crisp mornings and the quick drop in temperature with the setting sun, you’ve probably noticed that Fall is on its way. And if the weather isn’t enough of an indicator for you, then if you have ventured out to the local grocery store, coffee shop, or even bar then you have probably noticed the emergence of pumpkin-flavored everything!

With all that said, may we now announce that FALL IS HERE! What an exciting time of the year. Fall is a time for the senses. Aside from the plentiful pumpkin flavorings for your palate to choose from, your eyes are treating to Mother Nature’s show with the changing of the leaves. Fall also has a certain smell that some may crave year-round. And there is no better place to experience the amazing colors than here in the Hudson Valley. People from far and wide floods the small streets of the area to come and see the scenery of the Shawangunk Mountains dressed up on its orange, red, yellow leaves.

The scenery is beautiful and the weather is cool and refreshing and this is just a wonderful time of year for a wedding. Given the colors that are naturally landscaping the area, weddings now have a beautiful backdrop for some amazing photos. Fall-time weddings are often decorated to coordinate with the foliage with rich, earthy tones like oranges, deep yellows, greens, browns that can be complemented with rich ruby or deep eggplants accents. The color palette of many weddings takes on new life during this time of year that translates into a sophisticated looking event. For the rustic-inspired Fall event, gourds, pumpkins, and changing leaves can be incorporated into an event’s décor.

So enjoy some apple cider, or some pumpkin doughnut – after all, Tis the Season!


The Wonders of Planning a Wedding with Pinterest


Being a bride-to-be is a wonderful and exciting time in someone’s life. Whether you’ve always dreamed of your perfect wedding -– the dress, the colors, location, flowers, and so on and so on — or you have just been thrusted into the throws of making creative decisions everywhere you turn, now is the time for you to plan one of the biggest events of your life and you need to figure out how to best represent you and your future hubby in this celebration.

All that being said, it feels a bit overwhelming. Each bride feels it at some point –whether its the first time you dress shopped and you nearly suffocated in a cloud of white fabrics you never knew existed, or when you start visiting venues and realize that you’ll never be able to pick just one (the same goes for photographer, flowers, foods, and pretty much everything else associated with your big day), or when you meet with your bridesmaids and realize that there is a dress in every style and color imaginable to choose from. The bottom line is that wedding decisions can be stressful. But what is one of the most wonderful things about being a bride today is the resources that you have right at your fingertips.

The Internet offers many great resources for planning a wedding. Right now, it seems that one of the biggest sites out there is Pinterest. This Web site serves as an online pinboard for users to mark Web sites by photos of anything from around the web. Not only for weddings, Pinterest boards can hold food recipes, exercises, clothing pieces, arts and crafts, basically everything you can imagine. However, this site seems to be overwhelming popular amongst brides. From dress styles and designers to bridesmaids to colors to flowers to DIY projects, Pinterest stores ideas of all kinds for the bride-to-be. For the bride, this is a peak into every wedding idea out there and will really help her visualize what she wants. If you haven’t already, check it out and start an account (which is free…bonus!). You will quickly fall in love with the simplicity of it all — just click on the Pin it! button, and just like that your ideas are saved, bookmarked and organized. Then start following the Lippincott Bride www.pinterest.com/lippincottbride. We’re on there too!

Lippincott Manor Awarded Wedding Wire Award for Reviews

Lippincott Manor has been awarded with a Wedding Wire silver badge rating! Thanks to all of the reviews that our couples have given, owners Tricia and Marty Van Dyk are honored to have received this award and have accepted it with nothing but gratitude to their past couples.

What makes this a special award is the power that a review has. When a couple that is considering Lippincott Manor for their special day, they usually come to visit the facility. During this visit, Tricia and Marty walk them through the grounds, showing them the beautiful views of the Shawangunk Mountains and the Wallkill River that will surround their ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, while presenting the service that the couple will receive, the food and drinking packages that they can choose from and telling them of the special care that they both take to ensure that each and every wedding lives up to every expectation.

If you are planning a wedding and still looking at venues, or you have already been through the process, then you know that every event coordinator has nothing but the best to present you with. It is at this point where the power of a review is really proven. Depending on the type of bride you are, you may have already researched as much information as possible on the venue, including reviews from past couples. If not, this is your chance to go find them and hear a couple’s firsthand experience at a specific venue. And this could be the defining moment when you decide where to have your wedding.

Thanks to Web sites such as Wedding Wire potential clients now have a chance to hear how a couple felt about their experience. Every review is written as a couple relives their day and shares how they truly felt about their wedding and the venue that they chose.

So as the wedding professionals Tricia and Marty Van Dyk would recommend, if you are looking to choose a venue, go read the reviews to really get a sense of a venue and to help you decide which one is right for you. And to all the married couples out there, please take the time to write a review of your venue. Remember, you were once looking for the perfect setting for your special day.