What are the best man’s duties at the wedding?

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What are the best man’s duties at the wedding?

The best man is the groom’s right-hand man before and during the wedding. It is usually a best friend or a family member appointed by the groom. Planning a wedding can be very stressful, so the main best man’s duty is to assist the groom in every way. It absolutely depends on a couple of how much they want the best man to be involved and sometimes he can get involved in the planning process or his duties can start only from the wedding day.

Before the wedding, the best man is usually responsible for a couple of things:

  1. Helping to choose formal wear. It is common for the best man to help the groom choosing the best outfit for the wedding. And picking the colors for the rest of the groomsmen.
  2. Planning the bachelor party. This is the best man’s responsibility to find a place, invite people, plan transportation and accommodations for the party.
  3. Organize the present from the groomsmen.
  4. Assist the groom in planning and attend the rehearsal and be present at all events organized by the couple.

At the wedding, the best man is responsible:

  1. Help the groom get dressed.
  2. Take charge of the wedding rings.
  3. Stand by the groom’s side during the ceremony.
  4. Sign the marriage license as a witness
  5. Drive the couple to the reception ( if there no driver)

At the reception:

  1. Be the host and make sure everyone finds their seats
  2. Give the toast
  3. Assist the photographer to get everyone for the formal pictures
  4. Dance with the bride and maid of honor
  5. Help to deliver the presents to the couple’s apartment after the wedding

 

Can you have the best man when you are eloping? Yes, absolutely. The fact that you have an elopement instead of the traditional big wedding doesn’t mean that you can’t have all the elements of the conventional wedding. So feel free to merge all the elements that you want into your ceremony: Ring-bearer and the flower girl ( what a great way to incorporate kids into the ceremony), best man, and the maid of honor ( these are the people you trust the most, so make that day special for them as well), bridal bouquet toss ( such a fun way to entertain your guests and kids can take part as well), first dance ( perfect way to connect with your partner and just enjoy that special moment). Also, don’t be afraid to break the traditions, if your golden retriever is your best friend, make him a dog of honor and enjoy your time together. The beauty of the elopement is that there are no strict rules in there and you are free to create your own perfect day.
If you are planning to get married this year and don’t know where to start, contact us now at info@daretodream.nyc and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable day of your life.

5 New York Elopement venues for the Spring wedding

Top 5 Elopement venues for the Spring wedding in NYC.

Spring in New York is absolutely fabulous. It is a perfect time for outdoor events and celebrations, so if you were planning to elope during this tender season, here are our top 5 elopement venues for the spring wedding.

  1. New york botanical garden.

    This venue is all you ever wish for, plus a little more. 250 acres of exotic plants and trees, greenhouses, and conservatory, this place is absolutely stunning at any season. During the spring, the Botanical Gardens are covered in blooming magnolia trees, which is the best time for an intimate elopement ceremony. Please note that you will need to apply for the ‘special occasion photography permit’ in order for your photographer to shoot there freely, but besides that, the gardens don’t have any strict regulations. Bronx Botanical Gardens is open daily from 10 am – 6pm.

  2. Private rooftop garden

    If you always dreamed of a venue that is private and has magnificent views of Manhattan, this place is just right for you. The luxury rooftop garden is located in the heart of 5th avenue, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral. It has a huge inside room and lavish outdoor garden. The terrace is available Monday – Friday only, from 9 am – 12 pm. It is also conveniently located near Central Park so that you can have your photo session there later.

  3. Empire Stores rooftop in Dumbo

    This location is the real hidden gem of Brooklyn. Imagine eloping on a rooftop with the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in the background. This location is ideal for sunset ceremonies as you can see the whole Manhattan skyline and the East River from there. This area is famous for its spectacular views and outstanding dining. This public rooftop is open daily from 8 am – 12 am and can accommodate up to 20 ppl standing.

  4. Central Park

    The world-famous park is ideal for outside wedding ceremonies. If you are looking for a place that has outstanding greenery, private gazebos, and a city view, this park is right for you. For a small and intimate ceremony, go with the Wagner’s cove or the Ladies Pavilion, if you have more than 10 guests the Cop Cot or the Belvedere castle would be a great fit. There are two restaurants within the park, so you can have your dinner celebration walking distance away. Or host a picnic on the famous Great lawn.

  5. Private sailing boat

    This option is perfect for early mornings or sunset ceremonies. Just imagine getting married on a deck with the first rays of the sun and the Statue of Liberty in your background. The sailing boat can accommodate up to 10 people and has an inside room where you can host your celebration. This option is perfect for non-traditional couples who want to add a little adventure into their life. Be aware that most of the rentals are from 2 to 4 hours and the weather can differ from the one onshore, so dress in layers. You are welcome to bring your food and beverages or can add the catering option with the rental.

How can we help:

We are always searching for the most unique and affordable venues in the city to offer to our clients and we truly believe that the perfect wedding should be stress-free, easy, and affordable.

All of our packages include a professional photographer, experienced officiant, and charming coordinator, together we are dedicated to making your special day unique and flawless. To start planning your elopement ceremony please contact us directly at info@daretodream.nyc or call directly at (917) 960-2050

Five things you should know before eloping in spring

Spring in New York is always a magical time; the snow has melted, birds are singing, and air brings that feeling of the new beginning and new life cycle. The blooming season in New York usually starts in mid-March till the end of April, and it is the most tender time of the year in the city. This is the perfect time to say “I Do,” and if you are looking for a spring elopement ceremony, here are some things to keep in mind:
 

1. Weather

Even though the snow has already melted by this time, it is still relatively cold outside, so always dress in layers and bring warm boots with you.  There is always a possibility of rain, so we always recommend having a backup plan. Either bring the umbrellas and style your ceremony with cute umbrella shots, or you will need to move the ceremony to the covered spot. 
 

2. Venue

As mentioned earlier, this season is famous for its unstable weather conditions, so if you want to be sure that nothing will ruin your perfect day, we always recommend going with the elopement venues. Our favorites are the one that has an inside room and an outside terrace so that you will be covered in case of rain but also will have a terrace for the styled shoots. Most of the venues offer one-hour rentals and can accommodate up to 10 people. Please note that those types of venues do not offer reception or after ceremony options.
 

3. Permits

Spring is a very popular time for weddings and elopement ceremonies, so if you have a specific day and place in mind, it is always better to get a permit and secure the spot. In Central Park, places as Wagner’s Cove, Cop Cot, or the Ladies Pavilion are known for long wedding lines, and if you want to avoid unnecessary stress, you need to get a permit. All permits need 30 days’ notice for processing. The same applies to the Brooklyn Bridge Park and the High Line. 
 

4. Colors 

The biggest highlight of spring in New York is the cherry blossoms season. If you plan to elope around this time, try to incorporate those pastel pink colors into your ceremony. It can be a hairpin or a bridal bouquet, groom’s tie, or a boutonniere, this is the perfect opportunity to blend pink and nature awakening colors into your wedding. If pink is not your color to wear, but you would love to elope around the blossoming trees, the best places for an elopement ceremony will be Central Park, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Riverside Park, and Roosevelt Island. 
 

5. Photography 

Cherry blossoms create a very romantic and delicate look for the wedding pictures and enhance the natural colors, so if you were looking for those intimate, tender pictures, this would be a perfect time. Always discuss the style of the pictures that you have in mind with your photographer. Bring some props for the shoot, such as picnic umbrellas or the “just married” sign. Pastel color balloons and simple flower bouquets would look stunning in the pictures. 
 
The beginning of spring is a time of renewal and optimism, and it is the perfect time to start something new and look towards the bright future.  Eloping in spring is romantic and elegant, and if that’s your favorite time of the year, contact us now at info@daretodream.nyc, and our professional team will help you to create the perfect wedding day for you and your partner. 

Nicolas and Neecha flower heart ceremony in Central Park.

One of the most romantic elopement options that we offer is the flower heart ceremony. Fresh flowers complement any space and make the ceremony more elegant and tasteful.

Nicolas had a very clear vision of how he wanted his ceremony to look and asked for the red roses and red bridal bouquet and boutonniere. At first, we were surprised by the color choices, but when we saw the couple everything made sense. They both were wearing black! What a unique and stylish choice it was. They looked absolutely fantastic and red roses complimented the look so much.The ceremony was taking place at the Shakespeare Garden in Central Park and this place is known for its gorgeous views and resemblance with the English countryside with its wildflowers and plants.

It was a very intimate ceremony with only three guests and an officiant, but they wanted to include the whole family, so there was a separate phone stand streaming an online ceremony for family and guests from around the world.

After the sweet and short ceremony, Nicolas and Neecha exchange the vows and the rings and were pronounced husband and wife. Nicolas kissed his wife’s hand and the newlyweds shared a kiss.
The just-married couple walked around the park taking pictures with our professional photographer and received compliments and congratulations from the strangers.
Congratulations Nicolas and Neecha on your special day and we wish you a lifetime full of happiness and love.

If you are planning to elope in New York and are looking for an intimate ceremony, contact us now at info@daretodream.nyc, and our experienced team will help you to create the most beautiful day in your life.

 

Where to elope this winter season in New York City?

Best places to elope this winter in New York City.

New York City is ready for the Holidays, every street and district in the city is shining with Christmas decorations and it looks like it is a perfect season for an intimate elopement.

Here are our Top 5 best places to elope this winter:

  1. Ladies Pavilion, Central Park
    There is something in this pavilion that brings elegance and grace to the ceremony. It is also a perfect winter spot as the pavilion is covered and can hide you from rain or snow. Also, it is located right on the lake, so you have a lot of picture opportunities after the ceremony. It can host up to 10 ppl
  2. Washington Square Park
    This park is perfect for winter elopements. It has a wonderful Holiday tree and the Washington Square Arch looks great in the pictures. Also, you can walk to the “Washington mews”, a charming cobblestone street with two-stored carriage houses on both sides. Perfect location for some styled shoots. Or if you are looking for more “edgy” looks you can walk to the Greenwich Village with its curvy streets and charming townhouses.
  3. Hudson Yards
    This Holiday season this is the place to be. The whole area is covered in lights and you can say “I do” on the “Edge”, which is the highest observation deck in the western hemisphere. This area has everything you need, from the great restaurants to endless picture opportunities.
  4. Pulitzer Fountain
    Pulitzer fountain is located in front of the Plaza Hotel on 5th avenue. This Holiday season this place looks like the magic itself. Ideal for the evening intimate elopement ceremonies, this place looks fantastic in the pictures. It is also located right by Central Park, which gives more photo opportunities. And don’t forget about the Plaza hotel and its exclusive dining options.
  5. Seaport district
    This area has so much charm and you feel as if you are walking around the English countryside here. You can have a ceremony on the pier overlooking Brooklyn Bridge and celebrate in private rooftop igloos, that were set specially for the winter. This will be an experience you won’t forget. This area also has lots of picture opportunities and you can even take the water taxi or a ferry from there.

Winter weddings are always magical and we love organizing them. But be prepared that it is going to be cold outside, so dress layers and wear proper boots. We also provide warm cozy blankets for our couples to stay warm between the location hopping and always can suggest a warm inside place to stop by.
If you are planning to elope this winter and want to start your planning process, contact us now at info@daretodream.nyc and our experienced team will help you to create the most magical winter ceremony in New York.

Candlelight elopement ceremony in Central Park.

Candlelight elopement ceremony in Central Park.

One of the most intimate and romantic ceremonies that we offer is the candlelight elopement ceremony in Central Park. Inspired by the “enchanted forest” theme, our team is creating an intimate atmosphere by decorating the space with 150 led candles and string lights.

The best time to start the ceremony is on the sunset when the sky is turning blue and city lights start to appear. Our preferred locations are Cop Cot gazebo, the Ladies Pavilion, Dene Summerhouse, or the Belvedere Castle. Those locations have a wonderful view of the city skyline or the lake and look absolutely beautiful in the pictures.

Why will this ceremony suit you?

If you are looking for an intimate celebration this will be a perfect choice for you. Designed for a small group ( up to 10ppl), this ceremony is ideal for couples who want to celebrate with the close family circle and maintain social distancing. If sunsets always gave you chills, this is a perfect elopement package for you.

 

What to enhance the experience?

We are offering the crescent moon arch to enhance the experience.
White rose petals to create the illusion of the milky way.

Looking for an upgrade?

Our Sunset rooftop will be an ideal match for this ceremony. Imagine staying on the rooftop with million city lights around you and the night sky above. This rooftop has a truly spectacular view of the city and ideal for sunset watching. It has three different rooftop levels, so you can choose the one you like the most.

 

If you are looking to elope this holiday season, this beautiful package would be all you need for the intimate family celebration. If you have any questions, please contact us directly as info@daretodream.nyc

How to Include Kids in Your Wedding Ceremony?

You would be surprised, but there are a lot of ways to include kids in the wedding ceremony.

Weddings can be very tiring for kids, so it is always a good idea to occupy them with important tasks. In this way, they will feel responsible and proud to be a part of the meaningful event. Including little once to the wedding, always bring charm and extra cuteness to the ceremony and making the whole event more celebratory. So what are the roles and duties that can be preassigned to the kids?

  1. First of all, we have the page boy. Traditionally, the page boy’s responsibility was to hold the train of the bride’s dress. Nowadays it is more common for them to accompany the flower girls or the bridesmaids. Usually, boys under 10 are considered appropriate for this role. Page boys can be dressed in the kid’s tuxedos or suits.
  2. Next, will be the ring bearer. This will be the most serious position for the child as he will be carrying the actual rings to the best man. Usually, the ring bearer is a young boy between 4 – 8 years old, dressed in a tuxedo. He is walking after the groomsmen and before the flower girl. Traditionally ring bearers carry the wedding bands on a small pillow or a secured small box. Of course, there is a possibility that the rings can get lost, so you can either use the fake rings or tie the rings to the pillow so that they won’t fall. It is extremely cute to dress the ring bearer in a kid’s tuxedo or a suit.
  3. Flower girl. Flower girl usually comes after the ring bearer and just before the bride, sprinkle petals down the aisle. It is common for the flower girls to mimic the bride’s dress. Also, flower crowns and baskets are typical for the flower girl outfit.
    Flower girl appearance signals the bride’s arrival and brings attention to the moment, so it can be a little intimidating for the little child. It is possible to have several flower girls and they can be accompanied by the ring bearer or walk with the page boys.

Usually, kids are not expected to stay at the altar during the whole ceremony. After walking the aisle they can sit next to their parents or join the kids section. Of course, kids’ roles are not essential for the ceremony, unlike the officiant or the witnesses and most of the couples are not even inviting them to the wedding at all. But we really think that it brings extra cuteness to the whole event and would highly recommend asking the little ones to participate.

Also, you can easily break the traditions and bring fresh air to the wedding, by making your dog carrying the rings and your best friend or grandma to be the flower girl. Weddings are supposed to be fun and exciting for the whole family, so feel free to mix and match it until you get something that really represents you and your relationship.

Are you planning your small wedding in NYC? Contact us now – info@daretodream.nyc

Ryan and Grace penthouse elopement in New York

Ryan and Grace met back in 2004 when they both went to the same high school in the Philippines.

Ryan had a huge crush on Grace but after graduation, he moved to New York and Grace stayed in the Philippines. The two met again back in 2013 in New York and realized that they still have feelings for each other. 7 years later, New York became the symbolic place for the couple to say “I do” in the presence of friends and family.

We really love it when our couples choose the place that is dear to their hearts for the ceremony. In this case, it was the city. So for this elopement ceremony, we were looking for the venue with the most panoramic views of the city. Our luxury penthouse with the terrace was a perfect choice. This location has everything you need for an intimate celebration. The huge terrace can hold up to 20 people and in case of the rain, everyone can hide at the Penthouse.

Our couple also wanted to include the musician in the ceremony and that was such a wonderful idea. There is nothing like enjoying live music on the open terrace.

If you are planning to get eloped this year, but don’t know where to start the planning process, contact us now and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable marriage proposal experience.

 

Beautiful elopement at Cop Cot, Central Park

Shelby and Mohammad were looking for an intimate ceremony location in Central Park. The couple wanted to keep the ceremony small and with the immediate family members only, so we knew that they would love the Cop Cot location. This beautiful gazebo is perfect for small ceremonies and its location is ideal for wedding pictures. The gazebo is located up on the hill and gives the Manhattan skyline views, that is why it is one of the best spots in the area.

Since most of the friends and family were not able to travel to NY, Shelby decided to add a Zoom session to the ceremony. This is absolutely the best decision in these circumstances and it was so great to see that they say “hi” to every person who joined the call.

The ceremony was quick and sweet, Mohammed’s nephew was responsible for bringing the rings to the couple and he was very serious about his job. The couple said “I do” and joined their families for warm congratulations. After that, they walked around the park with the photographer and took some styled shoots.

Congratulations Mohammad and Shelby on your special day!

If you are planning to elope this Holiday season, but not sure where to start the planning process, contact us now at info@daretodream.nyc and our experienced team will help you to create the most unforgettable wedding experience.

 

 

 

Tompkins Square Park Elopement

Our original plan was a 100-110 person wedding at the DUMBO Loft in Brooklyn. We picked this space due to its small and intimate size, it fit our budget perfectly, and we wanted a bare-bones DIY setup with the ability to bring in our own vendors that fit our style. After COVID hit and about a month or so went by, it was clear that a 100+ wedding would not be in the books for this summer, or even year. Without even needing a big discussion on the matter, we were both on the same page of wanting to still get married this year in whatever way we could. After planning our wedding for two years and being together for 10, we did not want to postpone any longer.

So there began our new wedding vision! We had gotten engaged in Tompkins Square Park, a place we have shared many other memories, like watching the dogs play in the park or just taking an evening stroll, and after reaching out to our officiant, Reverend Samora, we decided to get married in the same place! 

Difficulties were definitely grieving the loss of our planned wedding. Although we knew the most important part of a wedding is the exchanging of vows and the unification of our love for each other, there was the loss of traditions and moments many others get to experience, such as walking down the aisle, having all of our friends and family present, and having a first dance. With all of that, there was an uncertainty if we were doing the right thing, especially given the mixed communication surrounding COVID along the way of cancelling vendors.

But all in all, there are no regrets. As Phase II began the week of our wedding, we were still surrounded by a small group of our closest friends and family, including some that were in our bridal party. The ceremony was a perfect intimate alternative to our planned celebration, and there were new moments that we would have never gotten to experience, such as complete strangers congratulating us every (literal) step of the way! We read hand-written vows (but not before playing rock-paper-scissors to see who had to go first!), and streamed the ceremony to other family members via Zoom.

After the ceremony and taking pictures together with our guests, we headed to Astoria, the stomping ground of many of our first NYC memories. With the Phase II reopening, this meant we could eat and drink outside with our small group! We had brunch at Oliver’s, our beloved gastropub where we would dine every Friday night when we lived in the area, followed by more drinks at Judy and Punch in their backyard space, and dinner at Vesta Trattoria. Even as we huddled under umbrellas in the occasional downpours (they say that’s good luck, right?), our friends couldn’t help but exclaim how this was still the perfect wedding day!