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Top Wedding Trends for 2014

With today’s most talked about wedding television shows gaining popularity, including Four Weddings, the details of events surrounding nuptials continue to be a popular topic of conversation – not just for couples getting married, but for the bridal parties, family members and friends who also are involved in the process of preparation.

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson knows it all too well. The Estate is just 25 miles north of midtown Manhattan and is the leading wedding venue in the Lower Hudson Valley, hosting more than 75 weddings each year at its 26-acre site.

We have noticed an increased number of brides and grooms looking for that ‘outside of the box’ experience to make their wedding incomparable to others. All of the particulars like décor, theme and interactions among guests are incorporated into ceremonies and receptions today. They continue to evolve as new ideas trend and couples add their own personal touches to make their events especially memorable.

With a firsthand look at weddings, Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson has put together the following top wedding trends for 2014:

1. The Never-Ending Wedding

Forget the traditional ceremony followed by a cocktail hour and two-hour reception. Weddings have become more of an extended celebration with guests choosing one location for all of their needs such as the rehearsal dinner the night before, a second party after the reception, and a brunch the next morning. With over 30,000 square feet of function space to choose from at Tarrytown House Estate, there are plenty of rooms for each occasion. Additionally, the onsite Cellar 49 restaurant, with a bar area, pool table and wine vault, doubles as a venue for an unforgettable after-party.

2. Elaborately Unique Welcome Goodies

Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson has seen quite an array of welcome bags for wedding guests. Over the years, these gifts have evolved to become a very important aspect of wedding preparations and that will continue. First impressions will last a long time, and that is why couples want to thank their guests for traveling to celebrate their special day. The elaborate bags are filled with memorable goodies and keepsakes including recyclable totes, spa pampering amenities, personalized sweet or savory snacks, and customized souvenirs.

3. White and Lucite Design Weddings 

When it comes to wedding décor, white and Lucite design will continue to lead the trends in 2014. Whether it is for ceiling treatments, chair covers, lounge settings or accessories for reception table centerpieces, these trends will carry through the year as brides concentrate on classic elegance.

4. Rustic and Vintage Combos

There’s something about walking into a room that brings you back to the signature black-and-white Art Deco period of the 1920s or the retro sophistication of the 1950s and 1960s. Many couples will want to give their guests the experience of transforming their wedding back in time. Vintage décor at Tarrytown House Estate weddings have included the use of vintage lanterns and key card table cards. Mixing vintage with rustic has also been done at the Estate with its speakeasy-like atmosphere of Cellar 49, a restaurant on the lower floor of the historic Biddle Mansion adorned with key-stoned brick archways, rugged granite columns and wood beams, adding to the décor of the entire property.

5. Post-Event Enhancements

Instead of just vocally thanking guests for attending their wedding, couples are saying their farewells through sweet and savory treats. This year, brides and grooms will provide guests with snacks and desserts that can be packaged and taken home to enjoy. At Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson, some of the post-event enhancements have included a candy store display, a doughnut or bagel station, New York pretzels and candy-coated apples.

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