Thanks for checking in to the 3rd installment in our Plan Your Wedding with a Pro series. This time join our bride and groom as they consider their options for selecting the right venue for their celebration-including the ceremony and reception. (Remember-their perfect wedding day is going to have an autumn theme.)
To simplify their planning as well as save their guests travel time and expense they have decided to host their entire event at one venue. It is also very important that they find a venue that will enhance their fall harvest theme.
Popular East End wedding choices are vineyards, nature preserves, orchards, ranches and farms with a usable barn. Any one of these locations would be the perfect backdrop for their perfect wedding day. The North Fork and the Hamptons both offer abundant choices for our couple.
If you are planning a wedding in the Hamptons or the North Fork of Long Island and are looking for your perfect venue here are some options and points to consider:
A wedding among the vines will surely provide you and your guests with many cherished memories and offer a beautiful setting for photos. Many vineyards and wineries have covered decks and porches that can accommodate up to 100 guests. Larger parties can spread out on their lawn, where you can have your reception among the vines or under a tent. In the event of inclement weather or if you’d like to plan your wedding during a colder time of year a few have indoor facilities. All require a site fee and also that you purchase and serve their wine. You may also be required to hire several of their employees to assist your guests and pour the wine. If you are considering this option you will need to arrange for and hire a caterer, party rentals such as linens, china, tables and chairs, staffing and for larger parties even portable restrooms.
Beach weddings are another popular Hampton’s and North Fork theme. They provide a beautiful setting with stunning views. We also have a lot of them. The downside is only a selected few can be used for weddings and private parties. You will need to consult the local municipality to determine which beaches, dates and times are available to you. You should also expect to obtain a permit. Some additional points to consider are, like the vineyards, you will have to hire a caterer, rentals and staffing. You may also need to arrange a shuttle to transport your guest from a designated parking lot to your wedding location and portable restrooms will be a must. In the event of inclement weather its wise to have a back-up plan. You can have a tent on hold, but you and your guests may not like walking through wet sand. If possible, have another location like a family or rented home on stand-by.
Private Residences, Mansions or Inns
This is an excellent option for the backyard-tented event. It will offer you and your guests a very personal feel. If you are using your own home or renting a house, provided you stay within local noise ordinance regulations, you won’t have to worry about wrapping the party up by a certain time. You may have to obtain a permit from the local municipality, who may also require you obtain valet services. You will also need to locate a caterer and arrange rentals. It might be a good idea to warn or-even better invite-your neighbors.
This option will provide the bride and groom with ease and convenience. The east end has several places for you to choose from that will incorporate a vineyard, beach or garden themed wedding. Find the place that’s right for you and then just select your menu, linens and décor. The facility will provide staffing, catering and on-site management to guide you through your day. Many have several rooms or locations on their property to have an indoor or outdoor ceremony and cocktail reception and dinner.
What ever your theme, the East End is certain to have one that suits your vision and budget for your perfect wedding day celebration. Check out the North Fork Venues and South Fork (Hamptons) Venues on our sister sites!
And please do share with us your favorite places/experiences at your wedding day venue. Other brides will certainly appreciate the tips!