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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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The Cold Brings Time to Welcome Warm Memories

With the snow and cold weather both making themselves at home in the Hudson Valley, the grounds at Lippincot Manor have been prepped and are ready to endure what is left of the winter season. Tricia and Marty Van Dyk have wrapped up the tent, the supplies, and have had a real chance to reflect on all the cherished memories that have been created this past season. This year, no different than the others proved to be a beautiful season that brought many beautiful families and friends to the grounds of Lippincott Manor, along with the love they radiate, which is what keeps Lippincott Manor flourishing.

Since the twenty fourteen season has ended, we have had sometime to take a stroll down memory lane and relive the magnificent days that have been celebrated here at Lippincott Manor. Here, we have complied a showcase of the couples that have shared their love and taken their vows at Lippincott Manor. Each couple, unique and beautiful in their own way, brought their unique spirit to sprawling grounds of our little location off of the Wallkill River.

Again, Tricia and Marty have nothing but appreciation for the joy that this past season has brought and the special moments and cherished events that they have had the privilege of being a part of. Each one of these couples have left a lasting impression on Lippincott Manor, and have helped to strengthen the roots of our tight-knit operation.

Inspiration Spotlight: Burlap

When looking to plan a rustic wedding, there are certain details that cannot be passed up. As the “rustic wedding” theme is becoming more and more popular, more and more are we seeing certain elements that are becoming essential in creating that certain country-chic feel. At one time, you may have never associated burlap with a wedding, but today things are changing and this inexpensive and versatile material is showing up all over the rustic wedding scene.

When thinking rustic, there is no other material that evokes such a raw, organic, or outdoor feel then burlap. The key to using this material is to use it in accents. Placed strategically throughout your ceremony and reception, this barnyard material can create an elegant and chic event that will be remembered by all your guests. For an outdoor ceremony, how easy would it be to roll out a burlap aisle runner? Make it your own with a personalized saying or print of any kind. And what about the ring bearer? A unique rustic accent, would be a pillow made of burlap, or you could incorporate this material into your bouquet. Burlap flowers can be inserted into your bouquet for a surprising pop. Or, if you have a hand-tied bouquet, you can wrap the flower stems in burlap.

Burlap is easy to paint, stamp or print on. So you can use this material throughout your event. If there are sayings or proverbs that are important to your marriage, use burlap to say them. Burlap tags can be great place cards, and burlap also makes a great materials for banners and signs. Can you imagine a “Mr. & Mrs.” banner of burlap flags at your rustic wedding? Small details to accent with can also be the guest book, gift bags or even on the cake. Burlap ribbons can be placed throughout your wedding, and create a big impact.

With a little bit of creativity, this simple, inexpensive and versatile material can be used in any way that you dream your rustic wedding to be.

Inspiration Spotlight: Mason Jars

Here at The Lippincott Bride, it is our mission to offer tips and advice to brides that are planning their wedding. In today’s post, we are bringing you an inspiration highlight. When starting to plan a wedding, you will quickly find that there is a lot of information, ideas and inspirations out there. To help you sift through popular design elements and trends, we will bring you an inspiration focus. Today’s focus is on mason jars.

If you are looking to give your wedding a rustic, vintage, or organic feel, then mason jars are a design avenue that you must explore. Speaking to the hearts of the the DIY brides out there, the mason jar is an inexpensive and versatile material that can be used in so many design aspects of your wedding. They can be used as centerpieces to hold flowers or candles, they can mark table numbers, or serve as escort cards that are also a guest’s drink cup for the night. Filled with dessert or jam, or anything that you would like to give your guests, they can also be used as favors.

Mason jars are 100% customizable and with great ease. By simply adding a ribbon or twine bow, or wrapping it in burlap and attaching a satin flower bow, or even decoupaging lace, a mason jar can be transformed into a beautiful centerpiece. You can also paint them to match your color scheme to really enhance the décor of your event. Filled with candles or string lights, hung or placed on tables, mason jars can provide romantic lighting to the evening.

When it comes to a mason jar at a wedding, your design possibilities are endless. You have so many options with this inexpensive material, so let your imagination flow.

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.