9 Questions to Ask Before Picking Your Wedding Venue

Just about every aspect of planning your wedding revolves around the venue, so choosing the right one is essential. Don’t jump at the first wedding venue you see, and avoid falling so hard for an event space that you book it without getting the information you need. Instead, before you choose between wedding venues, ask the right questions to make sure you are really finding the perfect space for your big day. For instance, if you have your heart set on a cake from a specific bakery, but your wedding reception venue doesn’t allow outside vendors, then you’ll have to sacrifice something you were counting on. Don’t end up with venue disappointment. Instead, ask the questions in this infographic from The Glasshouses. Our affordable wedding venues in NYC offer a range of options to help you get the wedding of your dreams. Help your fellow brides everywhere by sharing this information.

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A Guide to Planning the Wedding of Your Dreams

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Whether you’ve been planning your wedding since you were young or are starting with a blank slate, figuring out every detail of your big day can be time consuming and stressful. Typically, choosing a wedding date and having a sense of your overall vision for the event will help you nail down other details, such as the wedding venue in NYC. Check out this brief guide for some help planning the wedding of your dreams.

Find Your Perfect Wedding Environment
Once you’ve decided on a date and a general theme, choosing a wedding venue and wedding reception venue will be much easier. The date will help you determine if the wedding should be inside or outside. Your wedding theme will help as well—for instance, you can look for a venue that is elegant, romantic, vintage, or modern in order to complement your overall vision.

Hire a Wedding Planner
A wedding planner or coordinator has years of experience, providing you with connections in the industry that may afford you discounts or allow you access to vendors or venues that you may not have been able to connect with on your own. The wedding planner will be aware of every minute detail that needs to be addressed, and will be able to solve problems before they even arise.

Be Flexible on Small Details
You may not want to compromise on the big, important details of your big day, but if you’re willing to be flexible about smaller elements, you’re planning will be much easier. If you can’t find the exact flowers you want, or your favorite band isn’t available to play at your wedding reception, be willing to settle for your second choice.

At The Glasshouses, we have the most beautiful wedding venue, wedding reception venue, and event spaces in NYC. You’ll love our gorgeous views, convenient Chelsea location with parking, catering kitchen, secure lobby with a doorman, and customizable lighting and sound system. Call us today at (212) 847-3818 to book one of our event spaces, or to request a tour.

Affordable Wedding Planning Tips

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Most people have a budget in mind when planning their wedding, but it can often be hard to stick to it. There are a few ways to manage coordinating a wedding venue, wedding reception venue, and photo shoot location for your big day while still adhering to your budget. Keep reading for some affordable wedding planning tips.

Hire a Wedding Planner
A wedding planner may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it’s one that will actually end up saving you money. Wedding planners have connections in the event planning industry, and can find you discounts on venues and vendors. Their expertise also makes them great negotiators on your behalf, helping you get more for your money. They’ll also prevent you from spending money recklessly, helping you determine which amenities are crucial and which ones you can give up.

Combine Your Wedding Venue and Wedding Reception Venue
If you have your wedding at a hotel or event space, they can often provide a separate party space on site for your wedding reception venue. This will save you money, as the second party space will be much cheaper to rent than an entirely new venue. It’s also much more convenient for you and your guests, as you won’t have to battle traffic to travel to your next location.

Scrimp on the Small Details
While every detail is important in planning your big day, you don’t have to spend a lot of money on each one. If you’re spending a big chunk of your budget on a wedding venue and wedding reception venue, be willing to compromise on smaller details, such as your florist. This will help you adhere to your budget successfully.

At The Glasshouses, we offer two unique event spaces in NYC that can be rented together for your wedding and wedding reception. Both spaces are on the upper levels of a beautiful, historic Chelsea building, and provide stunning views of the Hudson River and Downtown Manhattan. Call us today at (212) 847-3818 to schedule a tour, or to book our spaces for your wedding and reception.

Decorating Your Venue

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With a magnificent view from our venue in NYC, all you’re missing is breathtaking reception décor. We’ve put together some tips for you to plan a gorgeous and unique reception.

Boost Your Blooms
With their bright colors and pleasant aromas, it’s no wonder flowers are always in vogue. Flowers can be styled in a vintage arrangement or gain a contemporary flair when placed among modern décor. No matter how you choose to incorporate flowers into your event, the bright colors and fresh aromas usher the great outdoors into your wedding reception.

Drapes: Not your Grandma’s Curtains
Drapes are a versatile type of décor usually hung from the ceiling. Regardless of your theme or décor vision, drapes can add to the mood set by your décor. For example, drapes in a vintage-inspired wedding heighten the whimsy, dreamy feel of vintage décor—but, in a more modern setting, drapes amp up the luxe factor of any event. Another bonus is that drapes tend to catch and hold colored light, so they’ll look more like ribbons of light than pieces of fabric.

Go Seasonal
If you’re feeling unsure about a certain theme or décor for your reception, here’s a tip: you can’t go wrong with seasonal décor. A winter wedding with metallic tones like gold and silver, paired with pale neutrals, reflects the chill of the season and the warmth of a fireplace. Pastel colors and foliage fit spring weddings especially well, and sunny summer days set a bold and bright palette perfect for summer weddings. Also, the rich, deep hues of an autumn harvest fit beautifully in fall weddings.

If you’re searching for a Manhattan venue that offers incredible views, experienced staff, and versatile event spaces, give us a call at (212) 242-7800. We’re ready to help you put together a memorable event.

How to Look Your Best in Wedding Photos

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Your wedding day will be one of the happiest, most memorable days of your life—you’ll be a glowing, beautiful bride no matter what, but if you feel like you’re not photogenic, here are some tried and true ways of looking your best in photos.

Smile!
An easy way of achieving a genuine-looking smile is by tucking your tongue behind your front teeth, thus raising your chin and opening your mouth a bit. It also helps to think about something that makes you happy, like a significant other, pet, or family member. Try practicing your smile in the mirror and see what looks best in photos. You can also take this opportunity to find your “good side.”

It’s All In The Angle
Most of this falls on your photographer, but you too can use angles to your advantage. For example, the classic red carpet pose involves angling yourself slightly away from the camera—that is, not facing the camera straight-on—leaning your weight on your back foot, and smiling. This pose is slimming and flattering for any bride.

Whiteout
If you don’t have the opportunity to whiten your teeth before the wedding, lipstick can make your teeth appear whiter in a pinch. Blue-reds and berry toned pinks sit across from orange and yellow on the color wheel, so the blue bases of these lipstick shades cancel out the yellow in your teeth. Another way of achieving an attractive smile is by running your tongue over your teeth just before the photo, which makes them look shiny and photo-ready!

If you’re ready to look your best in an equally stunning wedding venue in NYC, look no further than The Glasshouses. Call us at (212) 242-7800 to learn more about our sweeping views, upscale venue, and expert staff.

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