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.

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May 17th, 2012 by

When planning your wedding you will see initial services with a variety of price points for florists, DJ’s and wedding bands, and caterers, unique entertainment, venues and/or destinations.
We think it is important to decide on the venue early on in the wedding decision process.

A venue has the power. The venue has the power to capture a special moment in time and enable it to be shared with a large group of friends and family. Finding the proper venue stems from the style of wedding you are seeking, from rustic to refined getting married outside under the blue sky can be a magical experience.  Choose Liberty Ridge Farm to host the reception and enjoy the benefits of getting married and celebrating your reception in the same location.  Once you have narrowed your choices to a handful, visit each venue in person to get a better feel for their style and type of service they provide. As you visit the site can see how well kept the location is and see the decor, service level and style to ensure it meets the level of your expectations

Dont be afraid to ask! Ask for samples of their work whenever possible, Ask for photographs, Ask for a taste at the bakeries and always ask for references, you will find they are more than happy to share these with you. Ask the event planning staff for any tips and referral contacts


Considering to hire a professional
– Some locations offer wedding planning services, so before you hire a professional check with the wedding destination.  A wedding planner can be a godsend that is there to assist you in selecting vendors and planning the little details. In planning a wedding or large event this person can be a lifesaver or better yet a wedding day stress saver. The Liberty Ridge Farm event planning staff help with venue choices, catering options and even entertainment ad-ons.  Working with the event planners at Liberty Ridge Farm will ensure you provide a one of a kind experience to all the guests with out the stress of planning each detail yourself.they can share with you. If you are looking to have your reception at their location or another, there is a network of professionals that can assist in helping you find the perfect banquet room or a unique venue destination.  Don’t forget to ask friends opinion, check online reviews and look at the venues facebook page, these are great indicators of quality, expectations of service and level of trust.

 

These ideas for wedding reception success are just a few of the hundreds of ways one can reduce your stress in planning such a large project. Looking at wedding locations early on in the planning process will help with every part of the wedding planning process. Selecting a theme for your wedding, selecting the right space, and hiring the best vendors, can be done in one place indoors or outside under the open sky, Liberty Ridge Farm will be able to show your guests a farmtastic time.

Find out how you can have the most exciting, destination wedding ever, Vist the farm today to begin a wedding plan with us, from blue jeans to bow ties we have great venues and ideas for wedding reception success.