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 flowers and their meanings Part 1

February 23rd, 2012 by

Do you know that most flowers, if not all, have a specific meaning?  That’s right, the flowers that you pick to decorate and create bouquets for your special day will not only ohh and ahh people but will speak to them as well.   Most flowers have a specific meaning or significance that has been passed down through generations.   Flower meanings can be traced back to the Victorian Era, where in those days it was considered improper of a man to say how he felt to a woman, so they would usually choose a flower with a special meaning and send it to their lady instead to let them know their feelings.  Back in that era, the meanings of flowers were so well known that the woman who received the flower would know exactly what feeling the man was trying to tell them, as clearly as if they were spoken words.

Although many in today’s era don’t know the meaning of flowers, it is still important on a day such as your wedding day that you pick flowers that you not only like, but will place a special emphasis on how you feel on that special day.  Flowers help to set the mood for your wedding.  Knowing that, before you select your flowers we believe that it is important to understand the meaning of flowers so that you can determine the type of wedding and reception event that you would like to have.  Once you do that, selecting the flowers that will say what you mean will be a breeze!

To help you out we have compiled a list of the Top 10 most popular flowers for weddings and their meanings.  This post will talk about the first 5 flowers in the Top 10 and in Wedding Flowers and their meanings Part 2 we will round out the Top 10.  In subsequent posts we plan to bring you the most popular flowers by seasons to give brides more ideas for those Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer weddings!  We hope you enjoy!

Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Flowers Part 1-5

1. The Rose - has long been thought of as the star in wedding flowers.  It has long been considered a symbol of beauty and love.  Roses are available in solid colors and bicolored.  There are striped roses and tipped roses as well.  Not all roses are scented, although when thought of, people think of their luxurious fragrance.  There are 3 main types popular as wedding flowers: hybrid tea roses (those classic, uniformly shaped roses found in florist shopes), spray roses (these are roses that have 5-10 heads on each stem and look naturally garden grown), and garden roses (these are expensive, known as the old fashioned variety with open bushy heads and luxurious scents).   Depending on which colors you pick can have different meanings.  Bridal roses mean “happy love”.  Roses in a coral color mean “desire”, lavender – “enchantment”, pale pink – “modesty”, pink – “perfect happiness”, red & white mix – “unity”, white – “innocence and purity”, tea rose – “I will remember”, “always”.

2. Tulips - can be a nice meaningful wedding choice.  They represent “consuming love” and “happy years”.  Tulips can be grown in a variety of colors including white and cream, pink, yellow, peach, magenta, red and purple.  They are available much of the year.  The tulip is very versatile and can be used for elegant or casual wedding settings, table arrangements and even bouquets and boutonnieres.  There are three common kinds of tulips used in weddings – Dutch tulips (those found easily in floral shops), French Tulips (expensive but elegant, have long stems and large blooms), and parrot tulips (have ruffled, striped petals and very intense color).

3. Calla Lily – is a popular choice for weddings, whether elegant or casual.  The calla lily symbolizes “magnificent beauty” in the flower language.  The most popular color of calla lily in weddings is a creamy ivory but can come in colors such as yellow, orange, mauve and purple.  There are two types that are commonly available: a large bloom variety with a long, smooth stem which is suitable for tall arrangements and presentation style bouquets.  There is also the miniature variety that are ideal for nosegays and boutonnieres.

4. Lily of the Valley - has bell shaped florets that dangle from a thin stem with a very distinctive fresh perfumed scent.    The Lily of  Valley means “sweetness” or “humility”, and is sometimes thought to be the tears of the Virgin Mary, also thought to mean the “return to happiness”.  These flowers are found most often in the month of May and are usually very expensive.  They do not do well with heat and are sensitive to handling and dehydration.  Not a good choice for boutonnieres or corsages.  Better used in bouquets in small amounts.  Comes mostly in white but there is a rare rosy pink variety.

5. Hydrangeas – with big bushy heads and vibrant shades of green,pink, blue, purple and burgundy it is no wonder why the hydrangea symbolizes “vanity” in the Victorian language of flowers, other meanings are frigidity and heartlessness.  Hydrangeas have a wide variation in price and quality.  Hydrangeas are in season during the summer, bought out of season the flower can be undersized and lower in quality for a much higher price tag.  A stem or two of this usually moderately priced, scentless shrub flower helps fill out arrangements and bouquets.  A few springs can make a charming boutonniere.

There are your top 5 most popular wedding flowers! Check back soon for Part 2!

 

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!