“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 8

“I guess before we talk about the bridesmaid dresses you’ll need to know my colors… As I’m sure you have gathered, I had been planning my wedding long before I was engaged 🙂 I had always planned on having grey and yellow.. Pinterest it.. It looks really nice 🙂 But my colors slowly changed to navy and yellow {with some grey}.. Pinterest it.. it looks even better than grey and yellow 🙂
I had always wanted long, flowing.. flowable {really weird word, but I guess flow-y isn’t a word?? 🙂 } grey dresses. I then changed to navy dresses instead of grey, but still long and flowing. As I was checking the David’s Bridal website, I saw that the dress I had always imagined wasn’t quite as I imagined it.. Plus I noticed that long dresses are a bit on the expensive side.

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Once we arrived at our appointment at David’s Bridal, I threw my girls for a loop and told them that I wasn’t opposed to the idea of them each wearing different dresses {A few jaws hit the floor 🙂  } I just wanted long and navy. 
My visit at David’s Bridal for my dress was fantastic.. The store was pretty empty and we were attended to as one would expect. I was not as happy with the visit for the bridesmaid dresses.. I had scheduled an appointment and communicated that I have six bridesmaids. When we arrived, we were given four dressing rooms.. That was aggravating.. But never the less, my girls found there own dresses, individual to them. All long, all navy, some chiffon, some lace and some lace and chiffon. I love them all and can’t wait to see them all in navy.. They look a little crazy in all of the different sample colors 🙂

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Check back next week for an introduction to my bridesmaids!”
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 7

Hello Peeps!!

{If this is your first time reading this series, here is brief synopsis of what’s been going on. My assistant Rachel recently got engaged and I thought it would be great to document every moment of her wedding planning process. We are in the business of weddings and I thought it would be great to lend a helping to hand to other future brides as well as Rachel getting suggestions from you! This is week 7 of her posts so I recommend reading her past posts to catch up!}

Thanks for following these past few posts about venues.

Now for the moment of truth!! Where will Rachel have her wedding at???

We have checked out three venues and are pretty pressed on time.. We need to book a venue ASAP!…. A little secret.… I had an ace up my sleeve the entire time 🙂 Erica and I work with this awesome venue pretty often.… So I took Arthur to check out Lippincott Manor.

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I love the open feel of Lippincott Manor. The ceremony is held outdoors under a big willow tree and has fields on all sides. The reception is held in a tent that is open on almost all sides to show the beautiful surroundings. The grounds of Lippincott Manor are perfect for photos {Which of course is a big concern of mine 🙂 } The owners, Tricia and Marty, take a lot of pride in their work. Tricia works with the brides and the other vendors to create your dream table settings {I have yet to see a table setting that I did not love} Marty works super hard on up keeping the grounds and adding to the landscaping with flowers scattered around. The Wallkill River can be seen in the distance as well. AND!! The sun sets over the fields to offer phenomenal sunset photos!
Lippincott Manor offers some awesome add ons to their weddings as well. The two that I love the most are the options for the bonfire and the sky lanterns! 
Another plus about Lippincott Manor, they offer an all inclusive package with sensational vendors {Photographers- Including EricaLee Photography!!, DJs, & Florists}. This helps to make the process of wedding planning a bit easier when everything is all in one place for you 🙂
So, Arthur and I went home to discuss after checking out the venue. I remember Art commenting on how different Lippincott Manor was than any of the other venues we had checked out. The venue gives a relaxed feel while still looking elegant. I think what really sold Art was the bonfire…. Since he doesn’t ask for much, I think he can get the bonfire he is requesting 🙂
YAY! We have picked our venue and set our date!!! How exciting!!! After nine years of dating…. NINE YEARS!!! I will finally become Mrs. Bongiorno! Now that a date is set it feels real 🙂
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

Come back next week to see our experience going shopping for the bridesmaids dresses!

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“Confessions of a Future Bride” | Post 6

Venue #3

Let’s recap… Art and I have liked both of the venues we had visited so far, they were each different in their own ways. There were things we enjoyed about each and also things we weren’t so fond of {Well maybe there were just things I wasn’t too fond of.. Arthur is so easy going about everything}.
So on to venue number three! Erica helped me to find this one; I had never heard of it.. Arrow Park Lake & Lodge in Monroe New York. Honestly, just from pulling up the driveway I could tell this one was more expensive then the past two 🙂 The driveway is lined with tall trees on both sides all the way down the long path… Absolutely beautiful. The ceremony space is outside in a gorgeous garden area. The cocktail hour is held in the mansion on site. The reception {depending on size} can be held in the mansion or the pavilion; both look phenomenal. 
Did I mention the views?! Oh My Goodness…. So, so, so pretty. Large windows in the cocktail hour show out to the river below the mansion. Love.

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The mansion also has twelve rooms that can be rented out by the night or the weekend. The rooms are updated and decorated elegantly. 
However, there were two things I did not like.. One- The walk from the mansion to the pavilion was longer than I think most guests would like to walk {Maybe this was just because we looked at it in the rain 🙂  } Two- The price, of course 🙂 Just a bit out of my price range.
Maybe if I win the lotto before June…. 
I promise I will not keep this venue thing going forever :)… Check back next week to see where we choose!!
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

Thank you so much for following along! Rachel and I really appreciate it!! xoxo

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“Confessions Of A Future Bride” | Post 5

Venue #2

We pretty much went back to back checking out venues.. I knew I wanted to get married in June, so that didn’t leave much time to choose a location and set the date!
Venue number two was The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club. Arthur and I had actually been here about six or seven years ago for a dinner.. Turns out it is currently under a different management then it was back then anyway. The man.. whoops.. I cannot remember his name for the life of me.. was super friendly and very accommodating. He spoke very highly of the food offered and went a bit into his extensive background in the area. We were offered to tab the bar and if the amount was lower than the cost of the open bar, that tab amount could be paid.

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The cocktail hour area was nice. The hall was very nice. There were large windows on opposite sides of the room. There was a nice big dance floor. The onsite ceremony area was beautiful. The patio where the ceremony is held over looks the golf course. The ceremony chairs were white folding chairs which looked great.
For the tidbits I did not like so much.. 
The only bar was located in the cocktail hour area, so the guests would have to leave the reception area to get a drink.. However, the bar was not far from the room by any means and there are waiters/waitress who walk around the reception as well.
Also, the chair covers in the reception are black.. I know this is being super picky but when everything in the room is white for a wedding, I just hate that the chair covers are black.
After seeing just two venues, we couldn’t stop there. Check back next week for venue number three!
~The Future Mrs. Bongiorno

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