Wedding Guide

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Put more you into your wedding day

A wedding day is filled with symbolic tradition, from varied religious customs to the never-ending circle reflected in the rings and the types of flowers accentuating the celebration. Even with all the traditional rituals to consider, nearly every bride and groom can find ways to give their special day some unique touches that reflect their personality and love.
Music sets the mood for every wedding, and it’s an easy place to put your own spin on the celebration. Whether you forgo the traditional bridal march entirely or simply look for an arrangement that gives an updated twist to the classic version, let guests know this isn’t your average wedding by setting the festivities against a soundtrack that lets your true character shine.
The wedding party is intended to be a collection of those nearest and dearest to the bride and groom, who help ensure the day goes off without a hitch and who lead fellow revelers in celebrating the start of the new couple’s life together. That being said, there’s no reason this group must be limited to women on her side and guys on his, or even that it’s limited to humans – a beloved pooch can make for an adorable ring-bearer, after all.
Photography is an essential element of your big day, but think beyond the images you’ll capture throughout the wedding and reception. Photos lend a personal touch, no matter what your color scheme or theme. Integrate photos of the two of you at various stages of life, together as a couple and with loved ones (perhaps even some you’re honoring in memoriam). You can display these at a table with the guest book, as part of the table centerpieces, or even on the gift table. Or take things digital and load all your images into a slide show set to music.
Make favors meaningful. Forgo more common items like bubbles and chocolate, and instead send a little of yourself home with your guests. Maybe it’s a memento from a place with special meaning to you both, or a bottle opener shaped like a bicycle to represent the way you met. Just think about the moments and things that define you as a couple and do some searching online. You’ll probably be surprised by how quickly the options pile up.
Serve up a menu that shows guests more about your life together. Your loved ones can order basic beef or chicken anywhere. Instead, give them a glimpse into you. Make your main course the same food you enjoyed on your first date or during another monumental moment in your courtship. Or plan the entire menu around a region that you hold close to your heart.
Weddings are filled with traditions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own touches on the day for a special event filled with memories that are uniquely your own. Find more advice for life’s special moments at elivingtoday.com.


2Shea Catering
802 Albany Shaker Road, Loudonville
518.389.2889; 2sheacatering.com
The 2Shea Catering business was created to delight, inspire and to be inspired. 2Shea Catering strives each day for a standard of excellence in hospitality and cuisine. We provide all the catering services for Shaker Ridge Country Club, as well as catering to other venues stretching from Lake Placid to Poughkeepsie. Our menus range from traditional to the most current innovative cuisine. Whether it’s incorporating your favorite recipes into the menu or honoring a dietary or culturally-specific menu, we are happy to work with you to guarantee a memorable guest experience. Our talented professional staff will satisfy your personal requests, make suggestions and provide the best possible service.

Seasons Hospitality
An Event for Every Season
17 Walker Way, Albany
518.456.8000; albanyseasonscatering.com

Seasons Hospitality takes great pride in our quality of food and exceptional services, providing an unforgettable Event for Every Season! Our Wedding/Corporate/Custom packages offer a glimpse of services offered by Seasons Hospitality. Selections include, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, stationary montages, complete dinner packages, premier bar packages, a wide variety of authentic dessert selections, complete linen services, full service Wedding Planning, and much, much more. We would be delighted to personalize a package that suits your tastes and budget. Our mission statement and goal is to deliver the best quality in service, food and experience. Whether we’re working out of our newly renovated premier venue, The Colonie Golf & Country Club or at a preferred outside venue, we promise to provide an unforgettable experience; to create cherished memories for years to come.

Old Daley Catering
2 Northern Drive, Troy; 518.235.2656
Old Daley on Crooked Lake
2339 NY 43, Averill Park; 518.674.3132
olddaley.com

Old Daley on Crooked Lake invites you to celebrate your special day with us. Couples enjoy exclusive use of our 15,000+ square feet of wedding space, located in Averill Park, NY, and just 15 minutes from Downtown Albany. Our couple’s dream of exchanging vows lakeside AND can rest easy knowing that a ballroom with candle-lit fireplace awaits them, should any last minute ceremony changes arise. All wedding packages include the guidance of our friendly and experienced event planners who will walk you through planning the 5-star wedding today’s couple’s dream of. More importantly, your event planner will be with you on your wedding day, seeing that you and your guests experience “the best wedding ever.”

The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club
924 Main Street, Clifton Park
518.877.4979; vanpattengolf.com
The Vista at Van Patten Golf Club, located in beautiful southern Saratoga County in the hamlet of Jonesville, has breathtaking views from the highest point in Clifton Park. Our Grand Clubhouse is the perfect venue for an intimate gathering of 25 guests or a fabulous wedding for 200 guests. Let our professional catering team guide you through the planning process for this memorable day. Our caring staff will help you relax and enjoy your day with the highest level of service that will certainly meet the expectations of the most discerning guest. Our incredible view and culinary delights are sure to make this a day to remember.

Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe
390 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush
518.477.2140; zacharyspastryshoppe.com
We want your wedding day to be perfect, and it would be our pleasure to help you make your vision come true. Take a moment to view some of the custom cakes we have designed. Here your options are only limited to your imagination! Yours can be the next showpiece! Just listen to your guests wow at your gorgeous wedding cake. Rest assured, they will tell you just how good it is! We’re taking bookings months in advance, and we do close out some weekends, so we recommend that you secure your date as soon as possible. We deliver our wedding cakes throughout the Capital Region. Combine our Viennese pastries, tortes, and tarts for a spectacular finale to your memorable day. We certainly consider it a privilege when you choose us as your Personal Pastry Chef.

Nicole’s Special Events & Catering
556 Delaware Avenue, Albany
518.436.4952; nicolescatering.com
Are you recently engaged, or know someone who is? Don’t miss A Wedding Expo inspired by Nicole’s! On Sunday, February 10 from 12 – 3pm at the NYS Museum, you’re invited to meet the area’s top wedding professionals in a comfortable, laid-back setting. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, hear live music and DJs, and let the experts help you get started on planning your perfect day! For a limited time, Nicole’s is offering discounted pricing for weddings from January – March 2019. Contact us today and mention our ad to receive this special rate for your custom wedding menu. See you soon!

The Rensselaer banquet & conference facility at The Hilton Garden Inn Troy
235 Hoosick Street, Troy
518.272.1700; troy.hgi.com
Couples looking for an enchanting wedding venue that fits their budget need look no further. Our wedding banquet space and packages help couples plan their beautiful wedding stress-free. From the rehearsal dinner to post-wedding breakfast, The Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility at The Hilton Garden Inn Troy does it all. Our outdoor ceremony space and indoor banquet hall seats up to 600 guests! Flexible wedding packages include audiovisual rental equipment, dance floors, linens, cake, on-site catering and upgrades include a signature cocktail and cocktail hour, ice sculpture and elaborate raw bar. We also offer onsite accommodations for guests and the happy couple. Visit our unique space today!

Rivers Casino & Resort
1 Rush Street, Schenectady
518.579.8840; riverscasinoandresort.com
Hosting your wedding at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady affords you a vast array of luxurious facilities and exceptional customer service. We give unparalleled attention to every type of wedding. Excite your guests with culinary genius specifically tailored to celebrate the look and feel of your wedding. Whether you desire an intimate or elaborate reception, we will graciously cater to your every wish! Choose from several unique packages or create a one-of-a-kind experience of your own. Our beautiful waterfront location and sophisticated atmosphere will create the perfect backdrop for your special day.

The Century House
997 New Loudon Road, Latham
518.785.1857; thecenturyhouse.com
Plan your dream wedding at The Century House! With the perfect balance of traditional elegance and modern rustic charm, we’ll provide an unforgettable backdrop for you. Whether you are having a grand affair for 300 or an intimate celebration for 100, our ballrooms are easily transformed to fulfill your dreams. Our garden tent is amid our half-mile nature trail and is ideal for outdoor ceremonies or casual celebrations. Our unique menus are sure to tempt any palate, and our acclaimed staff will manage every detail of your day to ensure that your expectations are exceeded.

The Illium Bistro at Pinehaven Country Club
1151 Siver Road, Guilderland; 518.805.1122
Illium Cafe Bistro 9 Broadway, Troy; 518.273.7700
illiumcafe.com

We’d like to help plan your next event. Our experienced event planning staff can help customize your menu, plan set-up, and serving, as well as reach out to our wide range of entertainment vendors, to make your next event, one to remember! We’re happy to plan an off-site event at your desired location, or help you take advantage of the many amenities The Illium Bistro has to offer!

The Greens at Copake Country Club
44 Golf Course Road, Craryville
518.325.0019; thegreensatcopake.com
The Greens Restaurant at Copake Country Club and The Barn at Copake Lake are must-see venues for those seeking a laid-back wedding weekend surrounded by nature. With rustic, yet chic, indoor decor and amazing views, the feel of both properties will instantly set the tone for a unique, memorable experience. Personalized service with an on-site coordinator, catering by a CIA trained chef, beautiful spaces and options to customize your entire event make this a popular choice for couples wishing to create a one-of-a-kind celebration.

Drue Sanders Custom Jewelers
1675 Western Avenue, Albany
518.464.9636; druesanders.com
Drue Sanders not only gives you exceptional quality and value in your bridal jewelry, but we bring you tremendous savings in all of the services you’ll need for a magical wedding and breathtaking honeymoon. You’ve already made the big decision; now let us help with the rest. At Drue Sanders, our clients are important to us. So important that we want them to have the very best of everything — and that goes beyond our quality service and wedding sets. We know that weddings take a lot of time to plan and can be very expensive, so we want to make your life easier, by saving you lots of time and money. With our Gateway To Forever program, we can help you save thousands of dollars as you plan for your big day.

Excelsior Springs Event Center
47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs
518.886.0020; excelsiorspringssaratoga.com
Celebrate a memorable Saratoga wedding in style and comfort at the beautiful Excelsior Springs Event Center. Located just moments from downtown Saratoga, our classically-inspired wedding venue is beautifully appointed to create the fine ambiance your special day demands. Excelsior Springs is located adjacent to the Courtyard by Marriott. You and your guests can take advantage of the hotel’s outstanding amenities for lodging and bridal parties while enjoying a memorable wedding and reception in the Excelsior Springs Event Center.

Nina Sher, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Hunt Real Estate ERA
1365 New Scotland Road, Slingerlands
518.368.5578
You’ve said your “I do’s,” now it’s time to take the next step. I’d like to guide you through the process of finding the perfect home for you and your spouse. We’ll talk about what’s important to you, such as nearby schools, rail trails, coffee shops or brew pubs. Do you need a fenced yard for your dog or extensive closet space for your wardrobe? Is space for entertaining friends and family important to you? From choosing the neighborhood that best suits you to negotiating the best price, I’ll work with you every step of the way.

The Inn at Erlowest
3178 Lake Shore Drive, Lake George
518.668.5928; theinnaterlowest.com
Experience the wedding of your dreams on the shores of Lake George in a turn-of-the-century castle. The Inn at Erlowest is the premier event venue in the area with breathtaking views of Lake George. We offer our clients a boutique-style wedding experience that sets us apart from the rest. The day is your day with only one wedding on the property. Our entire staff is on hand to ensure that your wedding day is perfect and we are committed to providing the utmost in quality and service. The Inn at Erlowest’s signature wedding experience is as unique as the couple, customized to the client’s taste, style and distinct vision.

The Falls Venue
158 Union Turnpike, Hudson
518.719.1600; jmscollective.com
The Falls Venue combines portions of an early 20th-century elementary school and retains some of the most interesting industrial-age features of that space — but has been fully updated with top quality materials, beautiful craftsmanship, and state of the art lighting and sound. The Falls Venue is perhaps the most elegant space of its type in the Hudson Valley. It’s the centerpiece of your event — with advanced computerized lighting, plenty of space for your guests, a stage, and significant architectural details. Carved out of the space of a historic elementary school gymnasium, it has been completely refurbished but retains many period architectural details throughout. Located minutes from the busy Amtrak station in downtown Hudson, it is perfectly repurposed for elegant weddings, proms, corporate events, fundraisers and more. The Falls Venue is well appointed with additional rooms, a back bar for cocktails, outdoor space for ceremonies and parking.

Settles Hill Banquets and Events
721 Old Settles Hill Road, Altamont
518.355.0460; settleshillbanquets.com
Settles Hill Banquets and Events in Altamont is the perfect setting for large weddings or small intimate gatherings. Nestled on our beautifully landscaped grounds and adorned with a pergola for onsite ceremonies, Settles Hill is surrounded by evergreens, hardwoods and seasonal flowers. Our wrap-around porch allows our guests to sit and relax while enjoying the views of the Helderberg Mountains. It’s a perfect location for your outdoor wedding. Our 4500-square foot ballroom can accommodate up to 300 people, and is encased with elongated windows from ceiling to floor. A separate banquet room, which accommodates gatherings of up to 75 people, boasts a handsome, rustic bar. A quaint bridal suite is also available to our bridal parties. We are conveniently located just minutes from Albany, Guilderland, Schoharie and Rotterdam. Come experience country elegance at its finest.

The Barnsider Restaurant
480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
518.869.2448; barnsiderrestaurant.com
We understand that planning a wedding often includes an entire weekend of activities and celebrations. This is why we strive to make your rehearsal dinner effortless. You can focus on friends and family while our staff creates a special evening to initiate the festivities! Wedding showers and baby showers are just some of life’s special moments celebrated at the Barnsider. The bride or mom-to-be and guests will relax amidst attentive service and tasty cuisine. With options for brunches, lunches or dinners, we offer numerous possibilities for designing a memorable event.

Premiere Transportation
456 North Pearl Street, Albany
518.459.6123; premierelimo.com
One of the key factors that makes Premiere different is our diverse fleet of vehicles. From luxury sedans and limousines to our vans, mini-buses and executive coaches, we are uniquely qualified to meet any transportation need. We invite you to visit our facility, preview our vehicles, and discuss your special needs and requests with one of our reservation consultants. Choose the vehicle that fits your wedding; a party bus, stretch limousine or mini coache to shuttle guests. We’ll arrive on-time, immaculately clean, and driven by a professional chauffeur in a tuxedo. When the details really count, you can count on Premiere.

The Terrace at Waters Edge
2 Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville
518.370.5300; thewatersedgelighthouse.com
The Terrace at Waters Edge banquet facility is an elegant waterfront venue located adjacent to the award-winning Waters Edge Lighthouse Restaurant on the banks of the Mohawk River. Allow us to assist in creating an unforgettable day with personalized attention to detail, fine food, and impeccable service — all in a beautifully-appointed setting. The Terrace, overlooking the scenic Mohawk River, offers seating for 200 guests, a dance floor, a custom-designed mahogany bar, and extensive menu. A new 105-room Hilton Homewood Suites is adjacent to this property for your lodging needs. We would be honored to help you make your wedding day dreams come true. Call today for an appointment to tour this facility and meet with our consultants.

Lake George Boat Weddings
57 Beach Road, Lake George
518.668.5777 ext. 209; lakegeorgeboatweddings.com
Looking for a truly unique wedding venue? We have it! Share your vows with the scenic beauty of Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains as your backdrop, and then set sail for a celebration like no other. Our flagship, the 190-foot-long Lac du Saint Sacrement, can accommodate up to 350 passengers for dining and 900 passengers for cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres and is fully handicap-accessible. The 115-foot-long Mohican offers an intimate setting for up to 150 passengers. From planning the ceremony to serving the cake, we are attentive to your every need. Choose from various packages or customize your own. Let us make your wedding dreams come true!

Westfall Station Cafe
13A Averill Avenue, Averill Park
518.674.6258; westfallstationcafe.com
Are you planning an event?  No matter what the event we can make it happen for you. The Westfall Station staff will go out of their way to please you. We try vigorously to provide you with quality foods and beverages in an environment where our patrons feel most comfortable. The name “Westfall” is derived from the Westfall family who originally occupied the site in 1823, subsequently released from the Van Rensselaer patroonship that dominated much of our area. Our vision was to perpetuate the Town of Sand Lake’s beautiful and vibrant place in history when tourists frequented our area by trolley to visit our many lakes and attractions.

Jackson’s Old Chatham House
646 Albany Turnpike, Old Chatham
518.794.7373; jacksonsoldchathamhouse.com
Jackson’s, in the quaint hamlet of Old Chatham, is a charming, pub-style restaurant with a five-star rating. Owned and operated by Barry Jackson, the restaurant has been in the family for three generations. Although best known for superb “prime rib” dinners and veal parmesan, there are many other American dishes, from appetizers to “melt in your mouth” desserts, freshly prepared with local produce when available. Jackson’s can accommodate your wedding party, large or small, from 20 to 200 people. Our private dining room is available for a rehearsal dinner, wedding shower or any other small gathering. Catering is available for any occasion at your place or ours.

Danielle’s Bridal
4249 Route 50, Saratoga Springs
518.584.7067; Find us on Facebook
Danielle’s Bridal, located in the heart of beautiful Saratoga Springs, has been helping brides to find that perfect dress for over 30 years. Our consultants work with each bride to see exactly how she wants to appear on her wedding day. From deciding on a wedding dress, to picking out the bridesmaid dresses, to alterations from our outstanding seamstress, we are here for you every step of the way. For the grooms, we rent from two different tuxedo companies; this offers several options and any style to fit into that dream wedding. We have been known for our laid-back approach, with no appointments needed and walk-ins welcomed.

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