Planning your Saratoga Wedding, Rustic Charm Wedding or Blue Jean wedding in the Capital Region of NY

January 15th, 2014 by

Country Wedding Venues UpstatePlanning your Saratoga, NY wedding and choosing your Saratoga, NY Wedding venue doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience.  The Staff at Liberty Ridge Farm know planning a wedding in the Capital Region of NY takes alot of steps.  We help brides and grooms to be with alot of choices by making choosing a wedding venue, reception options and catering near Saratoga.  Wedding planning  is the first step to all the joy you will experience on your special day.

When choosing a Saratoga, NY wedding venue it is important to know what kind of atmosphere you desire.  Are you thinking about a Rustic wedding? Or do you want it to be Elegant?  Have you thought about a relaxed wedding with a Barbecue and Blue Jeans? Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, NY has all of the above, with convenient choices that the wedding staff and planners can assist you with in one location.

Barn Wedding Capital ReigonLiberty Ridge Farm helps you plan your wedding with options for your ceremony, reception and cocktails, decorations and more.  Liberty Ridge Farm has outdoor wedding options and indoor wedding options that cater to all tastes ?

To schedule a tour of Liberty Ridge Farm,  just 20 minutes outside Saratoga call 518-664-1515 to see what the areas best kept wedding secret has to offer you and your guests.

Find your Sartoga indoor or outdoor Wedding venues, Clifton Park wedding venues

July 9th, 2013 by

Planning your Upstate NY wedding reception can take a lot of effort.  Planning a Capital District wedding depends on where you are looking in Albany, Saratoga or surrounding region.  A wedding begins with deciding on the location of the reception and the type of venue and reception you are looking for.  You need to be aware of what means the most to you prior to visiting venue locations, this way you know what date, style and indoor or outdoor venue you desire.  By being prepared the planning staff at the venue will be able to achieve your goal and you can actually have a lot of fun too!

Decide whether you want an indoor or an outdoor reception. Obviously, if want an outdoor event, you’ll have to consider the possibility of rain, so ask the venue about a inclement weather contingency plan.  With a date in mind, you should have a range of dates for your wedding before you actually start looking for locations for the reception. The reason to have a date range rather than a specific date, is many sites are booked a year or even two in advance, so you may need to flexible with your date range to secure your desired reception location.

The season is a crucial part in the wedding planning process, particularly if you’re on a tight budget.  Planning your wedding reception in winter, at the end of January for instance might be cost effective.  In some cases, planning your wedding reception will require you to choose between different days of the weekend and depending on the time of the year, certain days might be less expensive.

Rustic Weddings, Country Weddings near Saratoga, Albany Capital Region Upstate NY

December 10th, 2012 by

What is the “perfect wedding”? At Liberty Ridge Farm there are countless wedding ideas to help guide couples through the process. We suggest meeting with a wedding coordinator at our location as a useful general guideline, although checklists exist, they can hinder the imagination and they typically do not account for different styles or settings that might be important to the couple.

Many brides and grooms in the Capital Region of NY typically marry in the traditional Church setting or at least introduce elements of a traditional wedding ceremony or reception. Why not break from the norm and try incorporating country charm or rustic elegance into the wedding tradition.  It  is not only a fantastic way to share something personal with the guests, but a nice change to the standard wedding atmosphere.  Liberty Ridge Farm has several ways to infuse a little country is by utilizing non-traditional wedding decorations, wedding supplies and other

visual elements. Liberty Ridge Farm has venue selections from Blue jeans to Bow Ties that infuse charm or elegance. The farm is set on 100 acres in the rolling hills of Rensselaer County with breathtaking views, ceremony sites and settings that steal your heart. Take a beak from the traditional meal, The farmhouse kitchen has the menu that wont create limitations in the venue. If you have your mind set on having a customized menu, come sit down with us. We have settings with space for Music and entertainment that are easy areas to help set the overall mood for your special day.

Needless to say, the stars of the wedding are you,The bride and groom. It only natural to showcase your lives, and spotlight your love with the most memorable wedding that will touch the hearts of those in attendance. Liberty Ridge Farm has a way of making even the most distant relative and that friend of a friend of a friend feel as if they are welcome to join in memories that will last all their lives.

The wedding doesn’t have to be small and exclusive to be intimate and personal. Even the smallest attention to detail and thinking outside the box can turn a typical wedding into a unique experience that leaves an impression.

Saratoga Wedding Destinations and Venues with Rustic Charm

July 2nd, 2012 by

Liberty Ridge Farm near Saratoga, NY is a premier wedding destination located in the Capital Region of Upstate NY.

From Blue Jean to Bow Ties a premier Saratoga NYwedding destination like Liberty Ridge Farm offers indoor and outdoor wedding venues with breathtaking views that dazzle and delight.  The Gifford Barn,a Dutch style barn hosts 2400 sq. ft. of reception space decorated in an equestrian theme, high ceilings, exposed beams and beautiful cherry harvest tables that offer the ultimate in rustic elegance.  The Event Tent is tailor-made to accommodate any size guest list,  from elegance to rustic charm it serves as a perfect setting for receptions.

As a wedding destination we explore topics of interest from now and then and this one always had grabbed our attention recently.  We sometimes overlook the symbol that represents all of Marriage a whole, trapped in a single item that is worn everyday.  We wanted to know more about…What was the meaning of a Wedding Ring’s shape and composition?

The wedding ring is the last present a couple will give one another before their wedding.  The very first present a lady might receive is a relationship is a promise ring – which most think of a pre-engagement ring.  Later on as a duet gets more involved, the engagement ring replaces the pre-engagement ring and confirms a bond to each other.

This wedding ring is an emblem and throughout time has symbolized love, devotion and even an agreement between families. The physical structure of the wedding ring has changed as different civilizations have changed it to look more and more beautiful. Some materials are held more dear, like precious metals and diamonds which are considered to be of greater value – hence the feeling that they might mean more.  However the meaning behind the symbol has stayed the same throughout time and over continents. A ring placed on your womans finger says many things to her “I love you” “I wish to be with you forever” and “You are mine.”Most women cherish the instant when the man slips a ring on their finger.  They gaze with enchantment into each others eyes during that instant when the ring is put on and they understand that they will be together from then on.   The ring exchange has symbolization behind the wedding bands that  is as rich and as complicated as its own love story.   It should be told so that couples understand exactly why they exchange wedding rings.

A ring in its simplest form is a circle, which means ‘forever.’ The ring stands for an unclouded wish to spend all time together. Many couples opt to have a romantic phrase engraved within their wedding rings which makes that traditional symbolism even more important for each couple. Symbols exist throughout our culture. Even the materials the wedding ring is created out of appear to be symbols of love and devotion. A great deal of couples select diamonds on their wedding rings; diamonds are literally indestructibleand are the “forever” stone you want to select to epitomize your love. Rubies are another choice representing love, keenness and grandeur. While the wedding ring itself is seen as invaluable, the metaphor of the wedding ring symbolizes that your betrothed is precious to you.

The wedding ring was adorned in past times like it is presently, on the left hand, third finger. The reason being because of the strong-held belief that the vein in this finger moves at once from the heart. This notion was endorsed as ladies commenced wearing their wedding rings closer to their hand and then their engagement ring on that same hand – affirming this notion of it being so close to your heart.  So if you are going to share your love forever, take a look at our picturesque acres of for your Next Saratoga Wedding, Albany Wedding, Clifton park Wedding or Adirondack Wedding consider our rustic elegance or refined charm for your indoor or outdoor NY Capital Region wedding.

Do you need help planning your wedding?  We have taken the leg work out of the planning process. Let us relieve the stress of arranging your wedding day. Choose the venue, catering package and floral option, right here on the farm with one of our wedding coordinators

Our experienced team is ready to help you create a memorable experience for both you and your guests. Call 518-664-1515 to reserve your date now, or contact us.

Capital Region Weddings facilities from Liberty Ridge Farm

May 21st, 2012 by

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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 2

March 14th, 2012 by

Wow, time has gotten away from us here at the farm!  We have been busy; busy booking weddings for this year and next and watching over the installation of our new stone fireplace that is being built inside the Gifford Barn.  The Quincy Room  now has a little more charm and will enhance the rustic elegance in any wedding!  We kow there are many of you prospective brides that are looking for a warm, inviting yet rustic and charming venue for your wedding.  Take the time, to call us and make an appointment to tour our facility.  We hope you come and see what we have to offer here on the farm, call us to schedule your visit 518-664-1515.  We promised to bring you all Part 2 in our Top 10 wedding flowers list, we brought you the Top 5 in Part 1 and here is the list of 6 – 10 to round out the Top 10 and give you some perspective to help you choose those all important flowers for your special day!

Top 10 most popular wedding flowers part 6-10.

6. The Peony - The peony has a large head, bright color and very distinctive and strong fragrance.  Although the flower itself appears very showy, the flower acquired the Victorian meaning of “bashfulness.”  The Peony was cultivated in Asia for more than a thousand years and developed further by the French in later years.  The Peony is available in two main types, the herbaceous and the tree peony.  The tree peony’s flowers do not last as long when they are cut.  A bouquet of peonies is beautiful but the flower can also be used to create beautiful centerpieces and arrangements.  It is grown in single and double flower styles.  The Peony is an expensive flower of choice and is seasonally available from late spring to early summer but can also be imported in the fall months.

7. Ranunculus – The Ranunculus is a cost effective alternative to the rose or peonies.  Ranunculus is a lush, multi-petaled relative of the buttercup.  The flowers was first discovered by Westerners in the Far East around the thirteenth century, it is a mild scented flower featuring several blossoms on a stem with fernlike foliage.  To carry Ranunculus is to tell your partner, in the Victorian language of flowers, “I am dazzled by your charms.”  The Ranunculus is a natural choice for bridal or bridesmaid bouquets and can make a delightful boutonniere.  It comes in an array of colors including white, yellow, orange and pink.

 

8. Stephanotis – is a fragrant blossom that is a dainty white color and has star shaped, waxy florets the actually grow on a flowering vine.  It is very delicate and vulnerable to damage from heat, cold and handling.  Each vine must be individually wired or placed onto a special holder before it can be arranged.  The stephanotis is a traditional wedding flower whose Victorian meaning is “marital happiness.”  It’s delicate nature should be considered carefully before using them though, as they have the tendency to wilt in corsages and boutonnieres within a few hours due to body heat and handling.  They are however moderately priced and available year round.

 

9. Sweet Peas – The sweet pea was first brought to England from Sicily around 1699 and signifies “lasting pleasure.”  It has a candy like scent and ruffled blossoms that make it an old-fashioned favorite in bouquets for brides and bridesmaids.  The sweet pea has many colors ranging from white to intense pinks and purples, and it’s scent is usually strong and sweet.

 

 

10. The Gardenia – The gardenia is a beautiful, delicate flower surrounded by dark green, waxy leaves.  The gardenia is a heavily scented flower that just a few can easily fill a room with fragrance.  The Victorian meaning of the gardenia means “secret love.”  Gardenias are available all year long but don’t come cheap, they can run upwards of $20 a bloom.   Gardenias are lovely tucked into a bouquet or can be used as a simple yet elegant centerpiece floating in a shallow bowl and a single gardenia makes a lovely corsage.   Gardenias need to be handled with care, the delicate petals of the flower are easily bruised and will brown easily with too much contact.

This rounds out our list of the Top 10 Wedding flowers.  We hope that this has helped give you some direction when choosing the flowers for your perfect wedding.  Many couples when deciding on flowers for their wedding don’t give much consideration to the availability of the flowers they desire.  Flowers are unfortunately seasonal products and florists have adapted to limited availability by manipulating the availability of flowers so that many varieties are now available for more months the year.  However, these manipulations can be costly.  We hope our list has given you an idea on some of the seasons that these popular flowers are available along with the drawbacks of some along with the benefits.    Please contact a florist of your choice to gather more information to make the right choices for your wedding.  If you need some direction in deciding on a florist, we regulary recommend Kim from Florals by Design.  If you were able to attend the Gazette’s Hall of Springs Wedding show this past January in Saratoga and stopped by our booth, she designed the gorgeous flower display for us for the show.  Also, we have added a gallery of her designs to browse through.

Happy flower shopping!

 

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!