Navigating around a new region can be challenging. You might want to consider offering transportation for your guest from their hotels to your wedding site, to your reception and back to their hotels. This makes it very comfortable for your wedding guests to be able to relax and enjoy celebrating your Wedding Day with you.
In the Lake George area you have a variety of fun transportation options. Caroline and Sean arranged for their Bridal Party to arrive at their Rehearsal Dinner aboard the Morgan at The Sagamore Hotel a school bus that could hold 40 to 44 people. Everyone loved it! It was particularly fun as most of their wedding party had been classmates of theirs at some point in their lives. They used Upstate Transit of Saratoga, LLC. They provided excellent service!
For their wedding day, they hired the Town of Lake George Trolley. The Trolley picked up Caroline and her bridesmaids, her flower girl and her Dad and I, at the Inn at Erlowest. He drove us to their wedding at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Glens Falls. After their Church ceremony, their entire bridal party and their significant others, rode in the trolley to their reception. The Lake George Trolley capacity is 30 people comfortably. You are allowed to bring your own food and beverages aboard.
Since Caroline and Sean had three hours in between their marriage ceremony and wedding reception, they asked the trolley to make a couple of fun stops. Caroline arranged for the route in advance. Once the trolley delivered the Bride and Groom to their reception site, he then went to pick up their guests at various hotels in Lake George Village including the Wingate, America’s Best Value Inn, Fort William Henry Hotel, and the Hampton Inn . At the end of the evening, the trolley returned our guests to their respective hotels. You can decorate the interior of the trolley. It is a very reasonable and fun option to satisfy your transportation needs. Everyone enjoyed riding on the trolley.
We suggest that you confirm your schedule with your transportation company a couple of days in advance. In our case, I was in charge of communicating to the Town of Lake George Trolley. I failed to give them our final schedule. We had guests waiting for a ride that wasn’t coming. We recommend double-checking your checklist. There are also several limousine companies in our area including All Occasions Limousines and www.premierelimo.com.
Many factors come into play when you seek out your wedding ceremony and reception venue. Here in the Lake George Region you have many, many options. Wedding facilities are available almost any day of the year! Do you want to be married in a church, outdoors or at your reception venue? Would you like a private ceremony?
If you want your wedding ceremony to be in a church, we suggest you start with your priest to find out what time of day he/she is available. Once you have that information, you may plan the rest of your day. If you would like your wedding ceremony to be outside you may choose from a variety of settings including lakeside, nestled in the woods, in a tree house, on top of a mountain or on the deck of one of the cruise ships.
Your number of guests is another key component to consider where you may have your ceremony and reception. Do you want to have a DJ or a live band?
You and your fiancée will know the right venue for you! It will be the one where you feel most comfortable with the setting and also with the venues event coordinator.
We received a call from Brandon on Thursday, June 30th shortly after 8:00AM. He was calling to inquire about Love is on Lake George Cruises. He wanted to arrange for his marriage proposal. We agreed to meet him at 6:00AM on Saturday, July 2nd at Castaway Marina. He and his soon to be fiancé left their home on Long Island around 1:00AM. They drove through the night to arrive at Lake George for their 6:00AM Cruise.
Brandon and his fiancée boarded promptly at 6:00AM. She was totally surprised that he had arranged for a boat cruise. It was a gorgeous early summer morning. They had the lake to themselves. Captain Ron took them up the East side of the lake. Not knowing exactly where Brandon wanted to propose, he drove them through Lovers Lane at the entrance of the Narrows. Then he suggested a good spot for a photo opportunity with the beautiful Adirondack mountains as their backdrop. Shortly after Captain Ron took their picture, Brandon gave him the nod that he was going to propose. Brandon dropped to one knee. She said “yes”. (photo attached)
The newly engaged couple continued on their cruise. Brandon had arranged for members of both of their families along with some of their closest friends to meet them at the Blue Water Manor for breakfast. As the boat approached the dock, the bride started recognizing her family and friends who were awaiting their arrival. These folks had driven through the night from Long Island also. She started waving her left hand and yelling excitedly “I’m engaged! I’m engaged!”
This was their first Lake George experience. We were thrilled to be a part of it.
You and your fiancée will want to think about your possible wedding gifts. What do will you need and want do you want. You may go to your favorite stores and set up a Registry. This is a wonderful tool. It is very helpful to your guests to be able to easily select a gift for you that they know you will enjoy. Your guests may order online and have your gift shipped directly to you. This alleviates you having to transport your gifts from your reception site to your home. It gives your guests gift options that they can give you with confidence.
You will want to set up your registry prior to your first bridal shower. It may be hard to motivate your fiancée to go shopping but he will have fun picking out the items that interest him. We suggest selecting a variety of gift items that have a range of price points. Your gift registry offers you the opportunity to select your new dish set, small kitchen appliances, bedding and other household items.
Once this is complete, you may include it on your website.
Our stainless steel shelf sitter is a very unique piece. It looks great on your sweetheart or head table, cake table, place card table or on your mantel. It is indoor/outdoor and heat resistant. Made in the USA.
You may purchase it at Love is on Lake George, Sutton’s Marketplace, Adirondack Rustic Interior, The Emporium at The Sagamore Resort, Starlas Shoppe, St. Andrew’s Ace Hardware, The Silo, Trees, LARAC.
We encourage you to set up a wedding website. This is a very valuable tool for both you and your guests. There are various websites that allow you to set up your wedding site for free. The Knot is a popular one and easy to use. Your website serves as an overview of who you are, your engagement, your bridal party, all of the details of your wedding day, directions, suggested airports, transportation, lodging options, things to do and your registry. You will want to include your contact information so that when a guest has a question, you are there to help them navigate through your wedding weekend.
It also allows your guests, who may not know both of you well, to learn a little bit about you and/or your fiancé.
It includes a daily countdown that is fun and will help to keep you on track with your planning. It is best to set up your website soon after you have settled on the date of your wedding. You may add to it as you make your plans. We recommend including your website address on your save the date and in your wedding invitation. Keep in mind that not all of your guests are computer savvy so please include the pertinent wedding information in your invitation mailing.
Caroline and Sean really enjoyed using her Grandpa’s United States Navy issued sword to cut their wedding cake. They tried hard to reenact her grandparents cake cutting. They are inspired by the longevity of their marriage.