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How to Simplify Your Wedding Reception Seating Plan

The seating plan for an upcoming wedding reception can cause a lot of headaches, from trying to fit personalities that will go well together to keeping those that may clash apart.  The pressure is on to design a seating plan that will suit everyone.  At times it may seem like putting together the seating chart is nothing short of rocket science.  However, there are actually some tricks to make this planning a little easier.


Separating Bride and Groom Sides

One of the first questions that you need to decide is if there will be a well-defined side for the bride and one for the groom.  There are many advantages to keeping the sides separated, as these guests will be those that already know one-another.  This will make for easier, more relaxed conversation.  Of course, there are times when there may be a family riff that should be considered, separating member that may not get along.

Friends and other invitees should be assigned seating based on how they know the couple or the bride and groom individually.  For example, college friends should sit together since they most often are already acquainted.  Taking the time to think this through and plan to seat guests together that already know one another can make the event much more comfortable for everyone.

Assigning Seats or Tables

It can be tempting to allow guests to seat themselves at the wedding reception.  This tactic can easily backfire, with stray seats at a table and groups that are not able to sit together.  For a larger reception, over 75 guests, assigned seating will take a lot of the hassle out of settling everyone during dinner.  And let’s be honest, it isn’t unusual for a guest to discreetly swap a seat at a table to sit next to a friend.  This is to be expected and can actually be beneficial for everyone.

Taking the time during the wedding planning to put some thought into the seating can ensure that the reception is a great event not only for the bride and groom, but for their guests as well.

Ready to book the wedding venue so that you can move on to the seating plan?  Schedule a tour of Lippincott Manor or check availability by calling 845-895-2474.

What to Look for in an
Outdoor Wedding Venue

Couples planning their wedding may be overwhelmed with the many decisions that go along with putting together the big day.  One of the most critical decisions is choosing a wedding venue.  Many couples are drawn to a location that offers a picturesque outdoor setting, making their wedding one to remember.


Consider Scenery and Location When Choosing an Outdoor Wedding Venue

The venue that you choose for your outdoor wedding should offer not only wonderful facilities, but also picturesque scenery.  Whether you are planning a rustic wedding or country chic, the location can set the tone for the entire wedding.  Lippincott Manor offers the ideal setting for an outdoor wedding, nestled in the Hudson Valley, with views of the Wallkill River and Shawangunk Mountains.  Combined with one-of-a-kind décor in this picturesque setting, the outdoor wedding of your dreams can become a reality.

Amenities, From Catering to All-Inclusive Packages Are an Important Consideration

While location is a big factor in choosing a wedding venue, equally important are the amenities that the facility has to offer.  Couples searching for the ideal venue should look at catering packages offered by the facility, ensuring that this meets their expectations for the wedding.  This may be a buffet dinner or butler passed hors d’oeuvres during a cocktail hour.

Some venues also offer all-inclusive wedding packages, which include the venue, food, entertainment, florist and photographer.  This option often offers a more affordable approach to wedding planning for the couple.  At Lippincott Manor we pride ourselves on making sure your big day is a success.  This includes a full selection of meal and catering options, as well as all-inclusive packages to choose from.

The venue that you ultimately select will be a big factor in making the wedding of your dreams become a reality.  To check availability or for a tour of the grounds, contact Lippincott Manor at 845-895-2474.

Fall In Love

Autumn is one of the most beautiful seasons for a wedding.  Fall comes along with gorgeous weather, and spectacular scenery.  The color of the leaves changing in the trees, the delicious breezes that make the leaves fall in dazzling shades of red, brown, yellow, orange and green.  If planning a fall wedding, take advantage of the amazing photo opportunities in the outdoors that nature will provide for you.  Do not be afraid to embrace natures backdrop.  Imagine the leaves falling all around you, the subtle wind whisping through your hair as your photographer snaps memories to last a life time on your big day.

Prepare prepare prepare! During the chillier days in the season there can be unpredictable weather.  It is important to make sure you have all your bases covered, especially when it comes to photos.  Remember that your photos are memories some candid, some posed, but all so beautiful and that you get to cherish for the rest of your lives.  So needless to say, photos are crucial on your big  day

Consider fall patterned coverups for you and your bridesmaids, for example shawls to wrap around your shoulders to make for cute photos and to keep you from being chilly if the air is crisp that day.  This can also double as a gift for your wedding party.  During this time you should consider comfortable footwear to change into as you may be trapsing through slippery wet leaves and grass.  I recommend designating one person from your wedding party to stash umbrellas somewhere in case of a change in weather.  Again preparation is key ladies!

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Choose fall themed games that can be played inside or outdoors depending on weather, such as pumpkin tic tac toe, pumpkin chess and even pumpkin bowling!  These can keep guests entertained perhaps during cocktail hour or while taking a break from the dance floor ALL while embracing the fall season!

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Finally let’s talk about the absolutely gorgeous flowers that are available to us in autumn,  Two of my personal favorites the ever so elegant but classic Sunflowers and Roses.  Followed by Carnations, Freesia, Juniper, Marigold, Salvia, Aster, Dahlia, Zinnia and Chrysanthemums.  Luckily for us we are given an array of beautiful flowers in season to choose from to make any bouqet or arrangement fall color themed and brilliant!

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Inspiration Spotlight: Paper Lanterns

When designing a space, lighting is essential for creating ambiance and achieving a desired effect. Just ask any interior designer what a difference light can make in a room and you will quickly understand the importance of good lighting. If you have ever seen a Broadway show, you have witnessed how much work goes into lighting a theater stage and the effect that it creates. But while you may feel that your wedding is as huge of a production as a theatrical performance, you may not also have the same multimillion dollar budget for your show. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive ways to incorporate lighting into your wedding that will create romance for the night and will make your guests say, “wow.”

For the biggest bang for your buck, paper lanterns offer a huge impact on your event and at a minimal cost. Available in a variety of sizes, colors, patterns and even shapes, these lanterns give you great versatility in decor. With easy installation (you only need a string and an led light that can be purchased from any paper lantern supplier), these lanterns look fabulous under a tent or indoors. A simple design, when these are lit they give a romantic glow, but are also airy and somewhat whimsical before the sun sets.

Another use of paper that is a simple and popular option are luminaries. Installation of these are as a simple as placing a light in a paper bag. Incorporating cutout designs and perhaps a print on these bag create a custom look that won’t break the bank. These can line the walkways of your venue, adding more romance to a great setting, or they can be placed on tabletops as centerpieces or on a gift table spelling out the names of the newly married couple. Luminaries can also be used as part of a ceremony – whether to honor those that have passed or as a beautiful celebrate of the marriage that was formed that day. Once the sun sets, luminaries can be set afloat and create a magical scene of floating, glowing lights.

If you thought that paper crafts were only for summer camp or elementary school art class, then you need to reconsider this easy-to-use material. Paper is a medium that we all know how to use and is inexpensive. Whatever you imagine you wedding to be, with a bit of creativity you can achieve it, and these paper products are worth the consideration.

The Beauty of an Outdoor Hudson Valley Wedding

Outdoor wedding photo

Every bride wants their wedding day to be perfect. While offering amazing views, fresh air and an atmosphere that can never be recreated quite as authentically, an outdoor site can be a little bit of a scary commitment. Sometimes planning a year or more in advance, it can be very intimidating to know that there is one element of your day that you have no control over – and that is the weather.

Every person knows of that couple that was married on a day when it poured. Whether you were a guest or only heard about it, you probably thought to yourself, “Oh, that poor bride. What did she do? Her hair? Her dress? OMG.” With this train of thought, you may have already ruled out an outdoor wedding. However, we ask you to please reconsider. In fact, we insist. And remember those people that you are paying to have your wedding are, in fact, professionals and are well-equipped to deal with this. (As are we. We are humans living on Earth, where it rains – it has happened before and nobody melted!)

Sometimes, nothing can take your breath away quite like nature. (Think about the famous New Paltz Shawanagunk Mountains that can be seen from Lippincott Manor.) And when you find that spectacular location that utilizes the beauty of its natural scenery, hold on to it. Make sure to talk to the wedding coordinator of the venue about all the details, especially their “B Plan.” Every outdoor venue has their Plan B in case of the rain – just ask them about it, they will gladly put your worries to rest. And Lippincott Manor is no exception.

The same goes for your photographer and all your other wedding professionals. Your limo driver will more than likely have an umbrella on hand and when you are getting the royal treatment will probably protect you from even one drop of rain. Also, some amazing photos have been taken in the rain. Ask to see your photographer’s portfolio and ask to see what their most challenging shoots were. Seeing how your photographer coped and what they produced can really help your rest assured that a little rain will not ruin your day.

And remember that bride with the rainy wedding that you were so concerned about? Well, she is fine and her wedding happened. And at the end of the day it didn’t matter what the weather was like, because she is now happily married to her sweetheart. And the day was beautiful – rain or shine.

Outdoor wedding Plan B photo

Considering a Rustic Wedding


Choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important steps in planning a wedding. Obviously, checking this off your wedding checklist takes care of the “where,” but it also sets the tone of the day. After getting engaged, it is important for a couple to sit back and reflect on what suits them. Who are you as a couple? Where are you both comfortable? And where can you imagine your wedding? Once you sort this out, you can start to narrow down the “type” of wedding that you want. And when it comes to “type,” the sky is the limit. In the end, what matters most is that the couple is united in marriage through a day that was theirs.

Today, a big trend in weddings is the “rustic” wedding. These weddings take place in country settings and are reminiscent of the pioneer days. They can also evoke a vintage feel in its styling. Sometimes held in barns or in open fields, these weddings are always outdoors. They implement old wagon wheels, salvaged or reclaimed wood, wildflowers, mason jars, cowgirl boots and do-it-yourself touches.

When you think about your wedding, are you inspired by the natural beauty of the outdoors? How do you feel about a wedding framed by an outdoor, suburban setting? If so, a rustic wedding is something for you to explore. Consider an outdoor setting set amongst the backdrop of mountains and a running river.