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Rustic, yet urban. Contemporary, yet classic. Stone House presents a backdrop where the words, of bygone opulence and modern minimalism converge into a splendidly unexpected blend of past and present. Nestled in the hills of the Watchung Mountains and surrounded by 10 acres of lush, manicured grounds, Stone House is an expansive property offering spectacular views of the scenic countryside. Inside the stylized venue, a variety of private settings – each with its own distinct vibe – awaits to set the stage for your truly inspired event.
Manhattan Bride has recognized Stone House at Stirling Ridge as a “Best of 2012″ New Jersey wedding venue.
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Chef Jerry Villa
received his formal training from the Culinary Institute of America. Chef Villa has a long standing relationship with Landmark, dating back to 1997 when he was the Banquet Chef at The Boathouse in Central Park. In addition to The Boathouse, Chef Villa also worked with us as Executive Chef at Lundy’s in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. In 2000, Chef Villa reunited with us when we opened Liberty House inside Liberty State Park, Jersey City. Jerry has also worked in conjunction with Relish Caterers and was Executive Chef at The Chart House.
Event Stylist– memorymaker – Carissa has been working for Landmark for nearly 9 years. She started as a hostess, using this job as a way to help her pay for college. However, Carissa had found her home and career here and over time she has worked her way up to becoming an event stylist at Stone House. Her favorite part of the job is that she gets to be a part of one of the most important days of someone’s life, their wedding day. She loves that every day is different, every event is different and that she learns something new every single day.
Event Stylist– memorymaker – started at Stone House as our office manager, and was so organized and congenial, she seemed a natural fit for planning events. Since starting in this position, she has excelled greatly, receiving numerous accolades from colleagues and clients. She loves to see all of her hard work come to fruition.
Assistant Restaurant Manager- memorymaker – After graduating with a degree in political science/international relations from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Andrea began her career with Landmark, as a back server at Stone House. It was only supposed to be a summer job, she had planned to go to law school, however, there was something about the restaurant business that intrigued her. Due to her impeccable guest service, she soon became a server and then became the assistant manager of the restaurant in 2011. “ I love this restaurant, and it’s really awesome that Enrique and myself have seen the restaurant grow and change over the years. I feel like I grew up with this place. I always say, I never set out to work in this business but it is in my heart, and it is what makes me happy, and that is something that makes me very grateful.” Andrea has formed unbreakable friendships with many of the regular guests and loves meeting new people every day. She loves being a part of our guests special celebrations and making their vision become a reality; she truly feels like a memorymaker because of it.
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Life’s momentous celebrations demand settings that reflect your style. Stone House boasts a variety of sophisticated event locations, affording the ultimate level of customization and privacy for weddings, rehearsal dinners, intimate luncheons, informal gatherings, or private banquets.
The Grand Ballroom boasts 16′ ceilings, oversized “lamp shade” chandeliers and a series of floor to ceiling glass doors and walls facing into a private terrace and garden.
This space is designed with classic, clean lines, patterned wood and stone floors, a neutral color pallet and an appreciation for the scenic beauty that is part of this secluded location. Accommodates 100-325.
The Pre-function Lounge is adjacent to the Grand Ballroom; the highly stylized Lounge encourages mingling. The Lounge features two custom designed bars, as well as intimate banquette seating. The room evokes a mountain lodge infused with contemporary design elements such as exposed beams, stone walls, and copper wall sculptures. Accommodates 50-300.
CEREMONY -- GRAND BALLROOM
Our ceremony area, surrounded by lush gardens, is picture perfect for exchanging vows with a wall of candlelight as your backdrop.
A contemporary private event space tucked into the hillside, The Gallery is best suited for an upscale lounge-style event. The multi-level art gallery space incorporates brick walls, slate and wood floors, an angled ceiling and a wall of windows facing the Watchung Mountains. Accommodates up to 130.
CEREMONY -- THE GALLERY
Our lovely patio adjacent to The Gallery is the setting for your romantic outdoor ceremony. The lush foliage and formal gardens surround you as you take your vows.
The Overlook Pavilion is an ideal space for both cocktails and ceremony, offering guests a dramatic yet comfortable atmosphere. Lounge furniture includes a sexy oversize bed.
THE WINE CELLAR
The Wine Cellar offers a rustic ambiance and secluded feel. Surrounded with handcrafted wine cabinets and exposed beam ceiling guests will enjoy relaxation from a masculine point of view. This intimate setting offers a private entrance as well as an outdoor patio space ideal for cocktails. Accommodates 20- 50.
Three rooms above the Stone House kitchen allow for very versatile private event. The dining room inside of a wine room overlooks the main dining room. The second level of the townhouse, with warm wood finishes, is a great match for an upscale private cocktail event. The third level features multiple round tables and flat-screen monitors, a nice alternative to the usual company event. Accommodates 14-50.
STONE HOUSE RESTAURANT
Perfect for rehearsal dinners, luncheons, and post-wedding brunches, the Stone House Restaurant is a captivating blend of a rustic cabin and city chic. From the distressed steel and glass-enclosed wine tower to the abundant stonework and wood floors, this artfully designed space sets an elegant yet decidedly cozy ambiance. Here, your guests will delight in exquisite cuisine, an extensive wine list, professional staff, and the scenic beauty that is innate to this secluded location.
This glass enclosed private dining space is positioned adjacent to the kitchen with direct views onto the culinary action. Seated around the massive oak-and-steel table, guests will be able to enjoy Chef Villa’s tasting creations in a splendid and private setting. It’s ideal for smaller business or social gatherings. Accommodates 8-16.
Our much-sought-after outdoor dining area, located adjacent to the restaurant, is a tranquil setting with natural stone elements and tables with dishes being served on water. Antique mirrors, subtle linked lighting and pine trees frame the natural beauty of the Star Room. Accommodates up to 75.
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I wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for all that you did in helping Colin and I plan the perfect reception, most of which we planned with the help of my family seeing as I was living in Michigan until two months before the Wedding!
You put me at ease throughout the whole process and everything turned out even better than I could ever imagine! The day was literally perfect. There isn’t one thing I would have changed.
All of our guests raved about how beautiful the Gallery was and how delicious the food was!
Claire Bailey Zoellner
Gary and I cannot thank you enough for everything. Saturday night was unforgettable and would not be possible without Mercedes, Iris, or you! We will follow up with a more formal thank you, but had to send a quick one first!
Also, I will be stopping by Wednesday to pick up everything. Please let me know if this will be okay!
Dear Carissa and Frank,
I want to thank you and the rest of the staff for making our occasion--a very important one to us, because it is unlikely for so many of our family to be together again en masse like that, absolutely GREAT!!!!!!!!!
I wish I had tried more of the food (one gets overwhelmed and busy) because everyone has been going on about how good it was. Everything worked out quite seamlessly… elegantly yet warm and friendly…. just as I had wanted…
The staff were all so gracious, polite and accommodating… (not easy these days to find people with such good demeanor)
Carissa, the moment I got to StoneHouse and began our conversation, I knew this was what I wanted and hoped I could afford it. You helped me make the right choices to make it more attainable. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
Frank, the moment Carissa introduced us, I again felt lucky. How can it ALL be so great? Just a hand shake and my blood pressure came down a little, sensing again the party is being taken care of by great people.
Not only are you great professionals, but people with warmth and heart. What else is there?
If I write with love, you’ll think I’m ridiculous, so I’ll say, with all sincere thanks,
Thanks so much for a lovely event! We all had a great time and the staff did a wonderful job. Thank you and I look forward to attending many events in your beautiful location!
I just wanted to send you an email to thank you for an amazing wedding! I couldn’t have dreamed up a more perfect place with more perfect staff. You, Frank and Mercedes especially were all beyond easy and wonderful to work with. The food was amazing! The drinks were amazing! I wouldn’t have changed a thing. All of my friends and family can’t stop raving about the Stone House. I feel very blessed to have been married there and to have worked with you. Thank you again so much for everything!
Good morning Carissa,
I just wanted to tell you how pleased my husband and I were with how the wedding reception turned out on Sunday. The food was delicious and bountiful, the setting was amazing, and the service was flawless. Our guests truly enjoyed everything, and, most importantly, Adina and Micah were so very happy. The cocktail-style dinner reception worked out well and was fun. I appreciated too how you arranged for the family tables to have place settings. Everything turned out so beautifully. I just wish we could have slowed time down a bit to make it last longer! Thanks again for all you did from the planning stages to the actual event to enable us to give our daughter a very memorable wedding reception.
Margaret Smith, MOB, Adina & Micah Crump, Married at Stone House
Hello!!!!! Cory and I are back from luxuriating in Hawaii! I am dreaming of sunsets and cocktails.
I just wanted to say a quick thank you to you for orchestrating an amazing wedding. Thank you so much for ensuring that Cory and I had a great time as well as all of our guests. The wedding was absolutely perfect and I really could not be happier. You were so much fun to work with and such a help the day of! Thank you so much for bustling and pulling up my dress also!
If only I could do it all over again! I would not change a single thing about the day!!!!
I’ll talk to you soon!
Aileen & Cory Sobov, Married at Stone House
Thanks so much for such a wonderful magical wedding reception for my daughter Sandy and son-in-law Ira. All our guests said that it was the best wedding that they had ever attended! You treated us like family and we appreciate all your hard work, care. good advice and love!
Toni Zaeh & Ira Leeds, Married at Stone House
I’m so sorry it took me so long to email you, we went away and skipped town for a mini-moon this week and just got back on Sunday! We’re waiting to take our real honeymoon until October due to George’s work schedule (we are going to Bora Bora on 10/19- I can’t wait!) but we went to a spa to relax, drink wine, and just rejuvenate post-wedding!
Anyway, I wanted to say a great big THANK YOU to you and everyone at Stone House for the incredible job you guys did on my wedding on 5/18! It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for us-- everything was exactly in place and set up perfectly, the room looked gorgeous, and the food and drinks were incredible! We are over-the-moon thrilled with how our evening turned out and many thanks also for helping to bustle my wedding dress (what a nightmare that was, LOL!) George and I seriously cannot express our gratitude enough and we are just so happy and would have our wedding at Stone House again in a second! (I smell a vow renewal in a few years…. what do you think?
Let’s keep in touch and I definitely would love to stop by to see you & Patricia soon! Thank you again for EVERYTHING- you’re FABULOUS!!!!
Tiffany & George Tewfik, Married at Stone House
I wanted to send this e-mail to thank you on behalf of James & myself for such an amazing wedding that was held for us! We had the best night & everything went so perfectly. We really could have not asked for a better wedding. Everything from the food to the service to the space was perfect & above & beyond what we expected! We received so many compliments from our guests about the food, especially the cocktail hour. We wish we had been able to try more of our selections from the cocktail hour! We were so busy chatting with guests that we only got to try a couple things!! But what we did get to eat tasted AMAZING! I would also like to say that Frank & Mercedes were exceptional! Mercedes literally had a drink ready for us every time we finished one. They were both so attentive & helpful. And thank you so much for getting a cake!!!! That was so kind! It’s service like that & how great Mercedes & Frank were that makes the Stone House such a desirable place to get married! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! We’ll be back for dinner soon! We miss the place! And please extend the thank you to Mercedes & Frank as well!
Nicole & James Guardino, Married at Stone House
Sean and I are just getting settled after returning from our honeymoon. I wanted to send you a quick note thanking you for all your hard work and making our wedding day everything that we had hoped for! We are continuously getting compliments about everything from the beauty of the venue to the delicious short ribs! Sean and I had an amazing night and wouldn’t have changed a thing!
Kate & Sean McCooey, Married at Stone House
Stone House ensured that we were provided with our dream wedding and we feel that we could not have chosen a more intimate and perfect venue. We are not even from NJ, but from Queens and Long Island, and we would choose and recommend Stone House over any venue in our areas again and again! We received nothing but rave reviews on the day of the wedding in regards to the venue itself, the service and the cocktail style menu and look forward to spending every anniversary at the Stone House restaurant so that we can relive our day!
Kristin & John Ciorra, Married at Stone House
With many thanks for making the wedding of Shana’s dreams a reality! Everything was perfect, it was a night we will remember forever!
Thank you for all of the work invested in making Shana’s dream come true.
I am forever grateful!
Rosemary Johannessen, MOB, Shana and Richard’s Wedding
Carissa, My first email to you as a Mrs.!!!!! I don’t even know where to begin to thank you. Our wedding was something out of a fairy tale book. You have been so incredible to us from the very start. You kept me calm and smiling all afternoon and the rest of the staff was equally as amazing. I could not have asked for a better night. I can’t believe it’s over! I love you so much and will continue to keep in touch. We must get back together when we are back in town.
All our love,
Jillian and Tim Karmazsin, Married at Stone House
Thank you so much for your guidance in planning the wedding for Amy and Matt on Saturday, April 21.
We received such rave reviews on the beauty of Stone House as well as the delicious food.
All of the staff were so sensitive to our needs; honoring each request with a smile. This was truly a memorable occasion for our family.
Wishing you continued success.
Ruth and Gary Schlyen, Amy and Matt’s Wedding
I just wanted to thank you and your staff for making Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding perfect! Everyone was so attentive and accommodating. The service was impeccable! Thank you for an amazing event.
Pam Masci, MOB, Caitlin and Jeff’s Wedding
I am so sorry it has taken me so long to write, but I was waiting so that I could share our photos with you! Thank you for everything you and the staff did to make our wedding incredible. It was the perfect day!
You, Mercedes, and Ruby were so wonderful -- I felt so relaxed all day and never had to worry about anything. It really was the most amazing day, and we got so many compliments on the food, venue, and service. I can’t imagine having had our wedding anywhere else.
In case you are interested, I’ve attached the link to our photo slideshow. As you watch it, know that you and your staff made it possible for Eric and me to experience such joy on our wedding day, and we are really thankful for that.
Laura and Eric Jones, Married at Stone House
We did it! We are married! Thank you for all the work you did. I know I sent numerous emails, lol, so thank you for putting up with them! We had the most fantastic day of our lives. EVERYTHING was perfect and everyone is raving over the entire event. I could not have pictured our day anywhere else! We look forward to celebrating many Anniversaries to come at the Stone House.
It now holds a special place in our hearts!
Alison, Walter, and Abigail, Married at Stone House
Dear Carissa and Frank,
We cant begin to thank both of you for a spectacular wedding for our children. Both of you were so supportive and there for us at every question and problem we may have had. Everyone has not stopped talking about the beauty of the Stone House and the food was superb as well. We look forward to coming to the Stone House in the future. You have given Lisa and Dan memories that will last a lifetime!
By the way, we left one amazing flower arrangement in purple and oranges colors, that we would hope you or Frank might want to enjoy!
Thank you again for everything!
Donna and Lenny Gingold, Lisa and Daniel’s Wedding
Hi Carissa! I wanted to send you a quick note to say THANK YOU for such an amazing evening! The Stone House and its staff made our wedding reception perfect and we can’t thank you enough! We received so many wonderful complements on the venue, your staff, and the food (including the smores!). It was everything that we envisioned and such an unforgettable night- thank you again to you and your team!
Thanks so much!!
Amy and Michael Lysak, married at Stone House
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A different approach: Trade Bridal Bootcamp for Mindful Maintenance
by Dominique DiCristo
Mental health is just as important as physical health during this time (and in life). So if your first thought was a crash course, regimented workout (slim down, tone up, see results), perhaps you might consider recasting your expectations and goals. Physical fitness is only one component of well-being. Physical health is not independent of mental health but rather the two work in tandem to create positive well-being.
A good place to start is Martha Stewart’s Get Wedding-Ready Guide: Fashion & Beauty. There you will find helpful information on beauty, nutrition, fitness, and stress management; tips on how to keep up with a fitness routine, (if you’re someone who likes routine), and simple guidelines for eating and drinking more healthily.
If you’re someone who exercises regularly but still wants to shake things up, consider what other elements of cross-training you can integrate into your routine. If you’re someone who does not exercise regularly but wants to start, then this is a great opportunity. Check in with yourself. What is your goal? Is it an acute episode of ‘good health’ that ends on your wedding day? Or is it sustained health, lasting results, and a general feeling of well-being? Don’t be extreme. Your efforts would be better spent working on small adjustments that, if implemented over the course of the engagement (and beyond!), will yield lasting results.
Fitness routines often steal the spotlight in times such as these, so it is important to remember that equal time should be invested in improving both physical AND mental health. Working towards balanced health will make your efforts more effective and efficient. It is important to achieve the look you want for yourself for your special day but (a) don’t be unrealistic with your goals; (b) remember, the goal is not to be a different person; (c) there’s enough stress as it is… so there is no need to put added pressure on yourself!
An effective goal is put yourself in a position in which you are perfectly poised to handle stress. This means avoiding hunger, and boosting energy and brain function. It’s about feeling good and feeling healthy and, remember, there are no hard and fast rules on what that feeling should look like. Be mindful of your stress levels and take care of yourself emotionally as well as physically.
One Day (not the one by David Nicholls)
by Dominique DiCristo
The average length of an engagement is 1-2 years. According to, “Real Simple: Wedding Planning and Budget Basics,” the venue is typically booked 16-9 months in advance and the entertainment, photographer, and caterer, 8 months in advance. Then there is the dress, 8-7 months in advance, the florist and bridesmaids dresses, 7-6 months, transportation, make-up artists, cake, invitations, rehearsal dinner, favors, readings, etc.
In short, your wedding is a momentous occasion that requires months of planning. That being said, the average wedding is 5 to 7 hours, then it is a memory. You will have many decisions to make in those months of planning, so if the decision whether or not to hire a videographer is one that you are struggling with, perhaps it is worthwhile to take a step back from the details of the wedding day and consider the memory that will remain.
There are moments of the day that you will not be a part of, for example, watching your guests arrive and the cocktail hour, because you will be either in transit or posing for formal pictures. It is important to somehow capture the fleeting moments, document those details, and watch how all those months of planning have paid off as your loved-ones enjoy and admire the preparation you have put into the day.
While nearly all weddings have professional photographers, approximately only 50% have videographers as well. Peter Ferriero of PF Films says, “pictures are great but with video, those moments come back to life. The bride can later watch what it was like for the groom to get ready and vice versa.” At PF Films (offices in New Jersey and Manhattan) wedding videography is cinematography because it is about synthesizing all the details of a single day and telling a cohesive story.
When choosing a videographer it is important to consider how you want your story to be told. Do you want the day to simply be documented à la traditional videography? Or do you want a more stylized type of storytelling in the fashion of current cinematography? The good news is that with the advancement of technology, having a videographer is not as big of a production as it once was. Cameras are smaller and it is easier to light a room, which means that filming is less disruptive and can be kept, if you want, “low-profile.”
Choosing a specific videographer will be like any other decision you will make regarding your wedding whether it’s selecting a photographer, DJ, florist, etc. Consider references, a portfolio of their past work, and, above all, personality. Meet with the videographer. Is this someone that understands and shares the vision you have for your day? Is he or she someone capable of capturing the memory you are crafting? There are package options to accommodate different budgets; it comes down to how you choose to invest in the re-telling of your special day.
The Perfect Marriage: Bride and Photographer
by Dominique DiCristo
Right now the market for wedding photography is huge and diverse but like any other market it is consumer driven. Jeffrey Vock, a wedding photographer based in Jersey City, Hoboken, and the Hudson County area, compares it to contemporary women’s fashion, “It is a mix of everything but in the end, there is something out there for everybody.”
You will hear individual photographers describe their style as illustrative, traditional, artistic, contemporary, photojournalistic, etc. and you will face a slew of package options, some basic and others extravagant but ultimately it comes down to, what do you want? How do you want your wedding day to be remembered?
Wedding photographer, Michael Dempsey, outlines several things to consider when meeting with a photographer: experience, references, samples of their work, and, if possible, samples of their previous work at your venue. If you are hiring by way of a larger studio that employs several photographers, be sure that you are meeting with the photographer who will actually be shooting your wedding and make certain your contract clearly states that that photographer is the one who will be present on your wedding day. (Dempsey has locations in Jersey City and Middletown, NJ).
When choosing a photographer, consider the complete album of a single wedding. Bear in mind the more formal portrait shots as well as the unique candid moments. How versatile do you want your album to be? Can a single photographer deliver the variety of shots you desire? Some can. Others have second or assistant photographers to help with that.
PERSONALITY. So you’ve seen the product and you are pleased but is the photographer someone you can work well with on your special day? Do you feel comfortable with the photographer? Do you trust his or her judgement? How will he or she interact with your family and friends? A positive working relationship will make for a more seamless and enjoyable wedding day for you and your guests.
Test the waters. See if you can arrange the engagement shoot as a way to see how you interact with each other and the kind of shots the photographer is capable of. Often times the engagement shoot is thrown into the package as a “freebie” (but rest assured, you are probably paying for it). Ask if the photographer is willing to hold the engagement shoot separate from the wedding package as a sort of non-binding way to feel things out.
There are competent photographers at each level of the price scale so first think about what is most important to you. Is it the particular product/style? Is it the personality of the photographer? Is it a bit of both? Ask around and trust your instincts!
DJ versus Live Band
So you’ve picked the venue. Next decision, the music. Live band? DJ? Both? How do you decide?
“First, decide your budget,” says Scott Horniak of Craig Scott Entertainment, a full-service entertainment agency with offices in New Jersey, Manhattan, and Westchester. A wedding appropriate DJ costs $2,000-$5,000 and a live band costs $5,000-$10,000. If you’re not fixed to shopping on one end or the other of this price range, then you might consider mixing and matching various elements to create a unique listening backdrop for your wedding celebration.
Next, advises Horniak, it is important to consider the energy level you wish to achieve and the environment you are trying to create, as well as the age range of your guests and what will be most unanimously entertaining.
In choosing a DJ, your musical options are basically limitless. That being said, it is extremely important to choose a “wedding appropriate DJ” or rather a DJ appropriate for your wedding.
Doing the necessary research is key, says Eric Bischoff, President of Sound Explosion, a disc jockey and production company headquartered in Staten Island. You should look for companies that have commercial style office space and location and consider their references and affiliates. This will help to distinguish high-quality DJ companies from hobbyist DJs. Secondly, meet with someone at the agency. Ask for pictures of their setup and discuss your preferred style of entertainment. How interactive do you want the DJ/MC to be with guests? What is your etiquette expectation?
Effective communication is essential to make sure that you and the DJ are on the same page about what is expected and what is delivered. It is important to trust your instinct when meeting and interviewing at the agency, says Bischoff. Remember that in choosing a DJ you have a great deal of flexibility and variability which allows for a highly customized experience. So be specific! And keep in mind all the fast, slow, active, and inactive moments of the evening.
A live band is inherently entertaining. The energy and elegance that comes from live vocalists and musicians is unmatched. Unfortunately, quality does come at a price and that price can be up to double what it costs for the the most expensive DJ.
Today, there are many “best of both worlds” solutions, such as band/DJ combos or an after-cake “after party.” Live aspects, such as vocalists and/or keyboards, percussion, etc. are being incorporated into DJ productions. For every issue of personal preference, budget, and mass appeal there is a compromise that can be reached. When it comes down to it, you are free to pull together whatever elements you see fit to create that ideal atmosphere you envision for your wedding celebration.
Make your BIG day stand out!
o Make a video to welcome your guests. You can also include these in your hotel bags for you’re out of town guests and include sights to see in the area, places to eat, etc.
o Create an indoor garden by lining your ceremony and/or venue space with topiaries, potted palm trees or vases filled with flowering branches so you don’t need to stress over the ever changing weather when having an outdoor event.
o Use a mix of couches and chairs for your ceremony or use a myriad of different vintage chairs for a more eclectic look.
o Make your day a reflection of who you are as a couple, add your favorite desserts to the menu or give them out as favors, name your tables after places you have traveled to together, or have the local jazz band you both love come play at your cocktail hour.
o Make your guests feel like they have traveled to another country. Create at Tuscan Garden feel, using farmhouse tables and glass vases filled with herbs and sunflowers or create a nautical feel using seersucker striped tablecloths and elegant wooden chairs.
o Instead of a Photo booth for your guestbook, do a video booth! Guests can sing a song dedicating it to you or say just a few sweet words!
o Hanging candles in glass orbs (LED candles of course), lanterns, multicolored tulle, and hanging flowers, all add interest to your event.
o Down time for your guests in between your ceremony and reception? Hire a tour bus to take them around your town or city, or if you’re having a countryside wedding, set up lawn games and refreshments to entertain your guests.
o Make your centerpieces your own. Are you or your future spouse into art? Put a box of leggos, wooden blocks or Lincoln logs to have your guest create their own centerpiece “sculpture”.
o Create your own signature cocktail that represents you both as the guests of honor. Come up with a fun name for it. Or create two cocktails, one to represent each of you.
o Everyone always looks at the Bride on the wedding day, but what about the Groom! Add some interest to his tux by incorporating funky colored socks, a patterned bow tie, converse sneakers or a fun hat. Make it go with your theme, downtown chic, vintage or sophisticated with flair.
o Display vintage photographs of your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts and uncles on their wedding day at your reception.
o Place a box with vintage postcards asking everyone to write some “marital advice”.
o Hire a dance troupe, flash mob or salsa dancers to get the party started and provide interesting and unexpected entertainment for your guests.
o Fireworks! If your venue allows, this is a great way to end your most memorable night!
Coming up with a sophisticated theme
o 25% of couples have themed weddings, courtesy of The Knot.
o Themes sometimes get a bad rap, but if you choose wisely, your theme will be a real hit and make your wedding stand out from the rest.
One of our Stone House brides, who works in publishing, had her bouquets and centerpieces made out of origami. The paper used was from the famous novel “Jane Eyre”, a story about a young woman who finally finds her love.