Barn weddings near Saratoga NY in the Capital Region of Upstate NY. Summer & Fall Tent weddings near Albany NY.

December 13th, 2012 by

Barn weddings near Saratoga NY in the Capital Region of Upstate NY.  Summer & Fall tent weddings near Albany NY.

Beautiful might not be the first word that comes to mind when you think of a barn, right?   Think again!  Barn wedding receptions are becoming more and more popular, and with the right decorations, lighting, and location, you can create the perfect atmosphere for any wedding.  Liberty Ridge Farm in the Capital Region of Upstate NY is the perfect location for a Summer and Fall barn or tent wedding venue. These are typically the most popular seasons to have a barn or tent wedding – Fall being particularly beautiful with the changing colors of the leaves as a backdrop along the scenic Hoosic River.

Liberty Ridge Farm say’s You’re Invited…To plan your next Barn or Tent Wedding with us!

OK, so you’re in love…you want to get married…now it’s time to put on your thinking cap and get creative. We take the time to help plan your wedding with a coordinator that can create that wow wedding for the casual kind of couple, or the couple seeking rustic decor or refined elegance. You don’t have to have grown up in Iowa on a farm, to enjoy a classic barn wedding or outdoor tent wedding !

Now, before you start your search for the perfect wedding venue consider a few things. Can you have the wedding of your dreams at a location that isn’t the typical banquet house or large hotel. Yes you can !

Liberty Ridge Farm has been specializing in creating memories with our unique outdoor tent weddings or indoor barn weddings for several years. Barn venues on the average have those tasteful touches that create a lifetime of memories without the need for fancy reception halls.   A Liberty Ridge Farm Barn venue can serve as a wedding and reception site, eliminating the need for having to decorate two separate venues…and people will rave about your special day for years to come.

Depending on your location, you may actually know someone who has had a wedding in our barn or our tent.  Liberty Ridge Farm has several wedding ceremony sites, coupled with wonderful venue choices, catering options, decorations and more that will make you feel right at home as we accommodate a country feel or refined charm your looking for.  Rustic barn and tent weddings are very trendy right now in the Capital Region of NY.   If you are seeking that special venue that will create those perfect memories, you can visit the farm and speak with a wedding coordinator on staff that can help with the planning of your event in each detail.

 

Capital Region Weddings facilities from Liberty Ridge Farm

May 21st, 2012 by

We Grow Memories

While many people around the Capital Region are stuck in the midst of our summer, many soon to be brides are busy planning their upcoming summer and fall 2012 weddings. This puts us here at Liberty Ridge Farm in the wedding mood also, we are so happy to be getting so many calls from soon to be brides looking to speak with us while researching wedding venues. Some know exactly what they want some are in the beginning stages of their planning but all seem to welcome some guidance or sharing of resources.

We take pride in answering many questions and offering our advice in our one on one meetings make your wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm special. Our event planners have a list designed to help guide our brides to be along on their wedding planning journey. Every few days we will offer a couple more tips that will help make your wedding day at Liberty Ridge Farm a day you will cherish forever! As always we are certainly here in person to answer and questions and offer guidance to our brides to be also! We hope to create a wedding here at Liberty Ridge Farm that an bride and groom to be will know everyone who attends won’t soon forget because it will look and feel so much different from any wedding that has been attended in the past!   We will work to make your day full of unique and unforgettable moments.

Knowing some Wedding planning basics make it a whole lot easier to plan your dream wedding. It takes a lot out of you to really put your mind into planning a great wedding and as such it is always good to get as much information as you can get to assist with your planning process.

Before I even decided to plan my wedding a couple of questions were thrown out to me like, “What are your plans or ideas for your wedding? Do you know if you want to have an indoor or outdoor wedding ?  and do you have a caterer or have you made choice already about the food ?  These are basics that can assist anyone who will be providing you your wedding planning.

These questions frame out the venue, food and entertainment, most brides to be have done a lot of research and know what they  want to see in their weddings they just need assistance in how to get things done.

Wedding planning is so much fun when you have the right set of tools and information at your fingertips. All it takes is just information about your preferences and taste.

 

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!