Upstate NY Capital Region Wedding Traditions, Receiving line or no ?

May 31st, 2012 by

Based on our research and in speaking with brides to be, some say this is an old tradition they don’t plan to use and others believe they will have a receiving line.  The purpose behind the tradition of the receiving line is to allow the hostess – usually the Mother of the Bride, regardless of who is paying for the wedding – to personally welcome the guests into the reception.  Traditionally, the bride’s parents – as hosts – head the receiving line and are first to greet guests, followed by the bride and groom and then the groom’s parents. Many lines we’ve seen also include the entire bridal party (if there’s room), and sometimes even grandparents. The couple may wish to stand alone.

Let’s start by setting the record straight: A receiving line isn’t required.  However, the bride and groom like to greet and thank every one of their guests for coming to their wedding and the receiving line ensures the bride and groom and family thank personally each attendee of the wedding.

Is a receiving line really the best way to be sure they don’t miss anyone?  We think if the wedding is large (more than 75 people) a receiving line is a great (and efficient) way to be sure all the guests have a chance to meet the couple’s parents and attendants.  Now if you are having a small wedding, it’s fine and possible for the bride and groom to visit with each table – usually during the meal – to greet, thank, and chat with their guests.  Large guest lists and big bridal parties can make for very long and time consuming receiving lines. The receiving line is still used by some where the guest list is very small – some say, no more than 25.

The receiving line is held either at the ceremony site as people exit the service, followed by formal picture-taking, or as soon as the couple reaches the reception area, after the formal pictures. Ideally, the location permits guests to have refreshments while they wait for their turn, possibly and extension of the cocktail hour which might allow the line to flow into the reception area.

So what do you think, are you going to have a receiving line ?  If you are looking for outdoor weddings in and around the Albany and Saratoga NY Capital Region, we cultivate memories on your wedding day at Liberty Ridge Farm.

Wedding Traditions

February 13th, 2012 by

When wedding plans are being made we wonder if anyone gives much thought to wedding traditions? Wedding traditions are the things that we have come to expect in the course of a normal everyday wedding but do we know where they originated from, why we continue with them to this day, should we think about changing them to represent ourselves in our own ceremonies?  Virtually every wedding tradition that we know, from the engagement to the honeymoon, is steeped in a rich and vast history.  A person’s culture, religious beliefs and even traditions passed down from our ancestors goes into shaping marriages and has for hundreds if not thousands of years.  The wedding itself is one of life’s unchanged rites, a primitive tradition in which nearly all the traditions we observe today are merely echoes of the past.

Just about every tradition we think of from the wedding veil and dress, throwing of rice, flowers, something old/something new, to bridesmaids and processionals, at one time had very specific and vitally significant meanings.  Although nowadays the original meanings are often lost, we still incorporate these old world customs into weddings because they are traditional and ritualistic.  As we have been helping some brides to be plan their weddings here at Liberty Ridge and of course talking about many of the traditional things involved in weddings we thought it might be of some interest and fun to explore and give a little background on wedding traditions.

The tradition of wedding flowers

Before the creation of the bountiful and beautiful wedding bouquets of today’s times, brides of long ago often carried bunches of aromatic garlic, herbs and grains to war off evil spirits as the walked down the aisle.  Over time the use of fresh flowers began to take the place of those bunches, symbolizing fertility and everlasting love.  There are specific flowers that have special meaning in many cultures, for example, in Hawaii the bride and groom wear leis and newlyweds in India wear floral headdresses.

The wedding dress

In biblical days, wedding attire was blue, not white, which represented purity.  The bride and groom would wear a blue band around the bottom of their wedding attire, which is where the “something blue” tradition came from. The white wedding dress is believed to originate from the Greeks, they used white robes to symbolize youth, joy and purity.  White wedding dresses did fall out of wedding fashion though again and was resurrected around 1499 by Anne of Brittany, who it is believed made popular again to symbolize the brides virginity.

Wedding Rings

Back in the times when life was much harder and shorter for people, husbands would often practice a superstitious ritual to ensure their wives’ spirits wouldn’t leave them too soon.  They would wrap a bride’s ankles and wrists with ropes of grass in the belief that it would keep her spirit within her.  As religious beliefs evolved over the years, the meaning of the bonds evolved as well along with the material used for the bonds.  Today, the ring finger is the only thing that is “bound” by grooms.  Grass bonds gave way to leather, then stone, then metal, and finally to what we use today – gold and silver.  Today, wedding rings symbolize the love and bond between a husband and wife.

These are just a few of the wedding traditions that are used commonly and the backgrounds behind them.  There are so many, we could only touch on a few in this post.  Once given a little thought as to wedding traditions and the evolution of them we decided why not make another tip suggestion for our blog readers following up on the tips we have been giving to make your day the day of your dreams.  So….

Tip #5

Create a new wedding tradition.

With all the traditional wedding activities and traditions that happen at weddings we thought maybe it is time for people to start adding their own touch to those traditions.  I recently was talking to woman I know who attended her granddaughter’s very glamorous wedding in Washington, D.C. this past fall.  There were a few new spins her granddaughter took with certain traditions that she thought were different but wonderful.  She was certainly proud that in all the planning they were doing for the wedding that her granddaughter found ways to make the traditional wedding a little different in ways the attendees would never forget.  For example, the matron of honor was not the usual best friend or former college roommate but the bride’s brother, whom she has had a very close relationship with their entire lives.  The fact that the bride picked her brother for the person to stand up for her was bucking all the traditional thoughts of the “matron of honor” role but anyone who knew this brother and sister said they couldn’t imagine them doing it any different.  She also put a spin on the traditional brides bouquet tossing, instead of tossing the bridal bouquet to all the single ladies in the room she had all the married ladies stand up and then sit down when the emcee called the number of years the ladies were married for.  The last woman standing was the one who had been married the longest and hence was the winner of the bouquet, the bride said she did it to celebrate the same everlasting love she would have with her husband, the same was done for the garter.  The last thing that she mentioned that we thought was a little different was host a breakfast for family the morning following the wedding.  She said it was so nice to have a more relaxed atmosphere to celebrate the happy couple and mingle with family the morning after the wedding before everyone was on their way back home since many came from afar.

We hope this helps to give you soon to be brides some different ideas about wedding tradition and will help when planning your own weddings here on the farm!

 

 

 

 

 

Impressive turnout at 2012 Hall of Springs Wedding Show in Saratoga inspires more wedding tips!

February 6th, 2012 by

Whew, what a day January 29, 2012 was for us! We attended our first ever wedding show at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga and were quite impressed with how beautifully planned the show was, kudos to the planning committee! We also were excited to see the presentations of all the attending vendors and are so excited to start planning our ideas to bring next year! We enjoyed seeing what other venues offer and were amazed at the floral creations, delectable food and creative ideas that were on display.  We cultivated many new connections with other vendors to expand our offerings in every aspect of wedding planning for our brides! Many brides  and their families came by the booth that day and we are looking forward to helping the brides who reserved dates with us that day create the perfect wedding day for them and their families to enjoy! The Hall of Springs Wedding show helped us to spread the news further that Liberty Ridge Farm is indeed not only the premier agritourism destination but also the premier wedding destination too!

We were so surprised at the amount of attendees that came to our booth exclaiming “we have been to Liberty Ridge Farm and love it!

A View through the corn at the Event Tent

But we never knew you held weddings there!” Guess we need to keep the forward momentum moving with getting THAT word out there! Yes, folks we are in the wedding business for those that did not know that and we offer a wide array of options here at the farm, from ceremony sites to reception sites.  We have options sure to please any bride looking for the ultimate in an outdoor rustic or equestrian themed indoor wedding and invite anyone looking for such a venue to make a consultation appointment and come see what we have to offer.  Here at Liberty Ridge Farm you not only get the “on the farm charm”, but you also get a wedding planned around your needs and wants by the owner and her family to make your wedding day truly the day of your dreams!

Coming from our post wedding show excitement we have a few more tips to share to hopefully enlighten you and help you in making your wedding day the day of your dreams!  Look in our previous post for Tips 1 & 2!

Tip # 3
Have your guests create a picture guestbook.
Instead of the traditional guestbook with it’s traditional white, padded covers and sometimes signatures from sometimes unknown guests to the bride and groom, have your guests take a picture of themselves to put in a book, maybe a larger specially made scrapbook, and have them sign their names and addresses and any other thing they might want to add. They can add quotes to the bride and groom, words of wisdom or tidbits such as when they first met you! The guests themselves can help create a guestbook that will be fun and heartwarming to look at years down the road. Ask friends or family to help or for equipment, some may have a polaroid camera that can be used or a kodak easy share system both of which will make the photos instantly available.

Tip#4
Have a “Kids Only” section of the room.
This can help parents and kids, who don’t always have the best attention spans for weddings and can sometimes cause disruptions to have their own special place to be with other children.  The kids only table can not only be the place where they have their meal, if so chosen by the parents, but a place where there can be some toys or creative activities to keep the children occupied and happy during the reception.   At Liberty Ridge Farm not only can we help you with ideas for your “Kids Only” table but we also offer the option for kids to go with staff to play at the many activities in Brad’s Barnyard during the cocktail hour of the reception at no extra charge to parents so the kids can run, play and unwind a bit before having to settle in for the rest of the reception.