Featured Vendor: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals

Featured Vendor of the Week:

Tammy Basten, Founder of Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals

Do you obsess over the styled lounges on your Pinterest board and make wishlists of vintage decor, must-haves for your wedding? Have you been searching thrift shops for vintage china and antique stores hoping to find a beautiful, one of a kind settee? Lucky for you, if you are getting married in the Hudson Valley, we have the solution for you. Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals has exactly what you are looking for so you don’t have to spend hours searching, purchasing and hauling furniture or wasting time cleaning and packing 150 vintage place settings. They will be there not only to save you time and money but assist you with selecting pieces and bringing together your own personal look that will wow your guests.


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About HVVR

Tammy Basten is the Founder, Chief Picker & Curator of Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals which is going to be heading into its fourth season this year!  We have had the pleasure of working with her over the years in securing rentals for our clients as well as collaborating on full design projects. When I asked Tammy what she loves most about her profession, she said: “I personally love project based work, meeting and working with other creatives and also the creative outlet it provides. We are very well versed within the service and hospitality industry and consider hospitality one of the main aspects of our business. Following every event, we hear from our clients that our pieces were among the guests favorite part of the event/wedding and this is a great source of pride and joy for us, we love to hear this!  People enjoy the nostalgia and interesting decor elements.  Our pieces are great conversation starters at weddings & events.”

Advice from the Founder, Chief Picker & Curator

We asked Tammy for a little advice for our couples on securing their rentals.  She told us, “Anywhere from 12 to 4 months out is best to be sure couples secure their favorite pieces. Some couples tend to contact us closer to (within 4 months prior to their wedding date) and at this point, many of our most popular offerings have already been scooped up.” When it comes to reserving pieces she suggests that couples do not book their rentals until they know the space they are going to be working with and are sure there is room for specialty decor elements, such as lounge areas. This is especially important if a couple is planning for these elements to be outdoors and have to be brought inside in the case of inclement weather.

Tammy has worked along side of us on many events and we asked her if she prefers when couples work with a wedding planner and/or stylist on their wedding day. She told us, “Absolutely and not only on the wedding day but throughout the entire process. Having once been a wedding planner, I can attest to the fact that the services of a wedding planner are priceless, especially in the budgetary and logistical arenas. As well, events and weddings in the hands of a professional planner and/or stylist always tend to be the most cohesive in design and smoothly operated. Something that many couples don’t realize upfront,  is that wedding planners tend to pay for themselves in that the finances they save you through her/his negotiating skills and vendor relationships, many times amount to the fee they are being paid and any amount remaining goes toward the invaluable time and sometimes frustrating energy they will save you.”

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HVVR Trend Predictions for 2017

Of course, we had to ask what the hottest wares would be for the 2017 season and beyond.  She told us, “A traditional vintage flair is ALWAYS “in,” it’s a timeless look. Bohemian, Tribal, and Global are also very popular in 2017. Looking ahead into 2018, these trends will remain strong and we are also beginning to see hints of mid century modern. We are seeing a lot less of the traditional “rustic” style, instead … more of an elegant mountain vibe.”

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Photo: Love + Wolf Co.

We would like to thank Tammy from Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals for sharing valuable tips and advice with our couples. If you are ready to create your own vintage rentals wishlist, check out her website. And when you are ready to get started designing your wedding with some of Tammy’s custom rentals get in touch with us at angela@elitewedevents.com or 845-430-6394 to schedule a consultation.

Bridal Hair Tips from BW Bridal

Bridal Hair Tips from Brittany Weiss of BW Bridal

We know planning a wedding can be overwhelming with all the important decisions you’ll have to make for your big day, everything has to be perfect! One of these big decisions will, in fact, be choosing your hairstylist. We understand how important it is to look amazing on your wedding day.  Your photographer can make sure your photos look stunning but only your stylist can make sure you look amazing.  It is that time of the year when brides are selecting their stylists and getting bridal hair trials done, so we reached out to one of our favorite Hudson Valley stylists, Brittany of BW Bridal, for a personal interview to learn more about her and to get tips and trends for 2017.

About Brittany

Photo: Jordan Jankun Photography

Brittany Weiss of BW BridalBrittney Weiss is the owner and lead stylist at BW Bridal which was founded in October of 2016. She has been a licensed stylist for eight years, during that time she worked heavily behind the chair doing cuts, color, and up do’s. For the past two years, her main focus has been on bridal hair for both brides and bridal parties. When asking Brittney why she chose to specialize in formal hairstyles, there was no better way for me to say it then through her own words, “Creating formal styles is truly artistic and beautiful, and it intrigues me more than any other aspect of styling hair. Being a positive part of a bride’s wedding morning while creating a look that they remember forever is so fulfilling and special.” Her favorite thing about her job is being able to create something beautiful starting with a blank canvas. For her, this is truly more than just a job and her passion really shines through with each beautiful bride she has been able to work with.

Advice from Brittany

When preparing for the big day it’s very important to remember to schedule a hair trial to see your ideas and be confident in your choice for the big day. Brittany recommends scheduling a hair trial approximately three to four months before the wedding day. This allows time to make any adjustments you might want. I have heard many suggestions over the years about preparing for bridal hair, such as the more oil in your hair the better or if you don’t wash your hair for three days it is more likely to stay so I asked Brittany for her advice on the subject. When preparing for a trial, Brittney asks that the bride comes with “day old hair” or freshly clean but it must be dry. She also asks brides to bring hair inspiration pictures, this includes what the bride likes and dislikes. If the bride has her veil and/or headpieces those are important to bring along as well so the look can be pulled together and the bride can get the entire vision for her big day. If a bride is stumped on a hairstyle for her wedding hair, there is nothing to fear Brittney can help create the style of her dreams just by asking a few simple questions to understand her style. She typically starts by asking how you wear your hair 5 days outs of the week and how you wear your hair when it’s in a ponytail(high bun, side pony, low pony). This helps her determine the comfort level of the bride, if a bride wears her hair down every day and never choices to put it up then she knows that the bride is more likely to choose a style that’s all down or a style that is half up.

 updo bridal hairstyle Photo: Tomas Flint Photography 

We know it is always a little more nerve-racking when you do not know what to expect so we asked Brittany how much time a bride should allow for hairstyling on her wedding day. She told us that she likes to have an hour for the bride, even though she never uses the whole hour because she enjoys getting to spend quality time with the bride and not feeling rushed. Planning a wedding can be stressful enough and it is important that on the wedding day the bride feels as relaxed as possible! One of the best parts of the day for the bride is getting ready and having that quality time with her wedding party so allowing extra time is a great idea.

One of the best things about being able to experience the wedding industry is being able to see the different styles and trends. When it comes to bridal hair trends and style predictions for the 2017 season, BW Bridal is predicting tousled, romantic hair. Brittany says, “So far this year when it comes to the bridal trial, the 2017 brides are looking for romantic curls, soft updos, and face framing pieces. The hair accessories are very delicate and unique. Brides want to look organic and natural this year.”

bridal hairstylePhoto: Alicia King Photography  
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Of course, I had to ask Brittney what was one of her craziest wedding day experiences! She shared with me, “ I feel like every wedding is always such an incredible experience. Each group always brings their own style and spunk to the day! I wouldn’t say I’ve ever had a CRAZY experience. However, I have been surrounded by really rowdy groups of ladies and adversely, I’ve been around super quiet groups where I’m ready to put my Beyoncé Pandora Radio Station on and get the fun started myself! I think it’s important to have a happy medium on your wedding day! —- That’s about as crazy as my experiences really get!”

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Photo: Alicia King Photography

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Photo: Sweet Alice Photography 

Tips for the Bride

BW Bridal has given us some very helpful tips for our brides!

• I would suggest always having dry hair and to never, ever, ever flat iron your hair before receiving a formal style. The curls will fall right out.

• The neckline of your dress really alters your hair choices. If you hate wearing your hair up, try to stay away from a high neckline. A high back will also encourage an up-style or side-style as well.

• When surfing Pinterest, try to pin updos and bridal hair styles with your color hair. Too often I have lovely brunettes show me pictures of blondes, and, unfortunately, the finished up-style just never looks the same. Blonde hair updos have more dimension and more light reflection within them.

• If you are a dark haired bride, I always suggest adding a few highlights before a wedding day. Dimension is an extremely amazing quality of an updo. That’s not to say black/brown haired updos are less beautiful – they are stunning as well. However, having extra dimension makes an updo POP!

We would like to thank Brittney for giving us the opportunity to learn more able her business and for sharing some valuable tips with brides! Now that you know a little more about wedding day hair, it’s time to get your trial scheduled. You can see more beautiful hairstyles and get in touch with Brittany at her website www.bwbridal.com.

Make sure to also check out more wedding vendor interviews and tips on our blog!

5 Tips for Creating a Wedding Budget Before Booking a Venue

5 Tips for Creating a Wedding Budget Before Booking a Venue

When we meet with couples the first thing we discuss is the wedding budget. The wedding budget will be your guide for planning and designing your wedding. Since most couples have never planned a wedding, they have no idea what to anticipate spending. Couples often come to us after they have already booked their venue which can sometimes hurt the wedding budget. We strongly urge couples consider their budget before beginning to search for a venue. You won’t know know how much you should be spending on the venue until after you have laid out your budget. We find that couples tend to overspend on their venue when they have not set a budget. We felt inspired by engagement season and wanted to share the best tips for budgeting with the soon to be wed so we put together 5 tips for creating your budget before you get started on the venue search.

Decide on the total amount you can afford.

We all dream of things beyond what we can afford but when it comes down to it you need to be realistic. You don’t want to go broke paying for your wedding. Think about what you have saved and talk to family about what they might be willing to contribute before you start so you know what the big picture figure is. If you do this from the start you won’t be stressed later when your funds are gone and you can’t book the vendors you need.


Do your homework.

Do research. Find a free template that you can use to create your budget or start your own as a spreadsheet document. We use Aisle Planner for our brides but there is a fee for this one. Many of the wedding blogs and planning sites have free templates you can use. We suggest you don’t use sites like Wedding Wire or The Knot to guide you in what you should spend. These sites don’t actually have experience creating a budget but rather take the national average and provide suggested amounts. They tend to provide very misleading figures. The best way to create a budget is to do your research. If you haven’t hired a planner or it’s just not in the budget start reaching out to vendors to get an idea of what things cost. Be honest. When you reach out to a vendor tell them you are just starting to plan and would like to know what to anticipate their services costing. If you are honest they will be happy to share their information with you and who knows you just might book their services later.

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Consider the style venue you would like.

The style of your venue will be a big factor in the budget. Couples tend to assume having a wedding at a venue which is customizable will be cheaper but it actually costs more. A traditional style venue (ballroom, catering hall, etc.) will be less expensive than a non-traditional venue (barn, farm, retreat center, etc.). Traditional style venues include all the tables, chairs, china, linens, lighting, etc. Whereas a non-traditional venue requires you to bring it all in as well as whatever your caterer requires for cooking. If your budget is tight you might want to go with a traditional venue that includes everything.  This way you save on rentals which can start at around $5,000.
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Photo: Max Flatow

Carefully consider your guest list.

Your guest list is going to be an essential part of creating your budget. If you choose to invite 200 guests your budget is going to be largely allocated towards food and beverage. In the Hudson Valley, you can expect to pay anywhere between $150+ per guest for food and beverage. This is figure excludes your venue site fee and rentals items, if required. We always suggest starting with just your closest family and friends. Anyone you have not seen in the last year can be the first to be cut.

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Photo: Alicia King Photography

Consider your top three must-haves.

Every couple has their own vision. For some, the venue and food might be most important and others music and entertainment. If you have a list of your top three must-haves you will be able to allocate the most to those areas since you will most likely want top vendors for them. The balance of your budget is where you can compromise if the funds are tight. We suggest booking these vendors asap after you have reserved your venue and booked your caterer. Keep in mind the venue and food are going to be the most expensive ticket items in the budget.  We typically allocate 50% of your budget to these items depending on your guest count.
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Photo: Love and Wolf Co.

We hope this tips you find helpful in creating your own wedding budget. If you are looking for some assistance with your budget feel free to get in touch with us for a stress-free budget plan.

South of the Border Wedding Fiesta

South of the Border Wedding Fiesta

What an exciting time we had working on this fiesta! It takes a lot of talent to pull off a beautiful shoot like this one! I’d like to thank Nicole, the events coordinator, at Winding Hills for hosting our colorful shoot. The inspiration behind this colorful shoot were ox carts from south of the border. In case you don’t know what an ox cart looks like check them out below.

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The Inspiration…

  ox cart    ox cart

The Details…

Flyaway Paperworks out did themselves on these paper goods. The font, the color and the gorgeous design was perfection. Do you agree?

invitation suite by Flyaway Paperworks  invitation suite by Flyaway Paperworks

wedding fiesta shoot - winding hills golf club   bridal hair by Heaven on Wheels Spa  

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Abby’s Dessert Bar made quite a statement with this cake. The inspiration behind the cake were those beautiful paper goods by Flyaway Paperworks.

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cake by Abby's Dessert Bar cake details - hudson valley wedding shoot

The Ceremony…

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The Fiesta…

What’s a fiesta without some sangria?! We loved putting together this beverage table. Can you envision one of these at your wedding?

wedding menu - flyaway paperworks  colorful wedding flowers - sunflower

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colorful doilies - wedding  SANGRIA

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winding hills golf club- wedding shoot

We hope you enjoyed our wedding fiesta shoot. To see more check out the full gallery and other beautiful shoots look here!

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VENDORS: Hudson Valley Vintage Rentals, Custom by Nicole Photography, Dancing Tulip Floral, Heaven on Wheels Spa and Wellness, Winding Hills Golf Club, Flyaway Paperworks, Abby’s Dessert Bar