Big weddings are back in fashion now that Long Island couples can plan their trips down the aisle without a long list of unknowns in mind.
“It’s out of control,” Babylon-based celebrity wedding planner Michael Russo says of the wedding industry. Russo adds that he’s also seeing new excitement at parties, as people can feel free to socialize and party. “They are much more eager to celebrate.”
Steve Kirschbaum, director of catering for Lessing’s Hospitality Group, which has several of Long Island’s most sought-after places to get married, notes that couples are even stretching out until Thursday night for their bridal celebrations because seats are so packed. reserved. “They came back in force because there are no more restrictions or masks,” he says. “They are back twice as far as I am concerned. In 30 years, I have never seen the volume of weddings that we see.
So, chances are you have an event or two coming up on your calendar. We checked with local stores and businesses to find out what they have on offer these days to help make a couple’s nuptials stand out from the rest. Here are some of our top finds, including guest gifts and special touches the couple might want to incorporate:
You can go way beyond photographs or video to visually capture the day by having an event artist do an on-site acrylic painting of the celebration. Artist Amanda Hawthorne, from Massapequa, will then bring her work to her studio for the finishing touches, and then personally deliver the finished product to the couple if they live on Long Island. Prints of the original can also be made as well as watercolors created from photographs. Packages for acrylic paints start at around $4,000; livewellpaintofren.com and via Instagram at @LiveWellPaintOften.
Canvas shopping bag
This handsome and roomy canvas weekender bag with leather handles can be a perfect tote for many things a bride or groom might need to carry on a honeymoon – must-haves bought on honeymoon. ‘a tourist trip to a change of clothes for dinner. after a day spent on the beach. The tote looks pricey but is only $32 at Things Remembered, which has stores in Huntington Station, Garden City, Valley Stream and Lake Grove.
Bow ties for the groom and groomsmen
The groom and his groomsmen can upstage the bride a bit with these eye-catching and stylish feather bow ties. The brackish styles shown here are $198 each and available at the Drew Patrick home store; 128 West Main Street, Bay Shore, 631-206-3739.
Gift sets for the bride and the flower girl
You can give both bridesmaid and bride a surprise gift as they get ready for their walks down the aisle. West Islip based company islandandivory.com offers personalized gift boxes. “For the Bride,” $30, includes a bridal makeup bag and ring cookie; and “The Petal Princess,” $50, includes a flower girl t-shirt, two personalized cookies, and a beaded charm bracelet.
Mr. & Mr. wedding card
It can be difficult to find wedding cards for same-sex couples or those representing different groups, but that’s not the case at Codfish Cowboy where there’s a good variety with unconventional pop culture and humorous selections. to choose. Also look for fun games and books about marriage. The store is located at 162 E. Park Ave., Long Beach, 516-442-5500. Cards range from $5 to $6.
Personalized Long Island Wedding Cards
Artist Marketa Forstova-Horton, fascinated by maps since childhood, now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but the Stony Brook University graduate who lived in Mattituck, Central Islip and Manhasset never forgot Long Island. She creates custom whimsical and colorful watercolor maps to highlight important stops on a couple’s route to the altar, and she has been a go-to for many Long Island brides. The cards vary in price and size (starting at $195) and can be used as wall hangings or as printed inserts for wedding invitations or welcome bags. Large versions can be displayed for guests to sign as a keepsake for the newlyweds. The artist can be reserved via bohemianmint.com.
Michael Russo of Babylon knows a thing or two about giving a wedding that “wow” factor. In addition to being a wedding planner, he owns a home goods store on Long Island that bears his name. Among the store’s many gift options for a newly married couple are elegant glassware pieces that start at $65.99 for a set of two glasses. They can be purchased from MADE by Michael Russo; 143 Main St., Cold Spring Harbor, 631-498-6729.