A Once in a Lifetime Wedding: Set to Music

Sarah Ritchie Music, NYC Insiders Tips, Readings & Vows, Real Stories

I‘ve come to appreciate that as a celebrant, I, too have a bucket list.  And, sometimes I come upon a ceremony that is truly once in a lifetime– it was on my bucket list and I didn’t even know it!   The wedding of Colette and Mike was one such event. The wedding was a few weeks ago and took …

(Semi) Homemade Memory Book…Made with Love

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Readings & Vows, Wedding Ideas, Your Ceremony

  Celebrity Chef, author, and “First Girlfriend” of New York State Sandra Lee has made famous the term “semi-homemade.”  In books and on the food network she promotes recipes of partially pre made items, couple with homemade additions.  Hopefully this include quick, relatively easy dishes that have a home cooked feel for time impoverished cooks. I borrowed the concept from …

Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!

Sarah Ritchie Gay Weddings, NYC Insiders Tips, wedding venue

As I prepare to join with people all over the world to celebrate Mardi Gras and “Carnivale” that precede the Christian Lenten season, I am reminded of two beautiful ladies from New Orleans that I married last summer. Justice and Loren embraced life and the wedding celebration with the gusto you expect from folks who live in the Crescent City.  …

Dream Wedding at Manhattan’s Midtown Loft

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

The winter months, when the wedding season is a little quiet, is a great time to reflect on the beautiful weddings from the previous year.  Tara and Sean’s wedding at the Midtown Loft was one such affair. The American groom met his British bride in New York and says, “I immediately fell in love with her accent….I could have listened …

The Incomparable Claire Bean!

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Early in the year, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with the floral designer Claire Bean.  Our assignment was a stately post-holiday affair at the James Burden Mansion on New York’s Upper East Side.  The event (which I expect to write about!) was as lovely as the couple who married.  But the January 2014 affair reminded me of an …

2013: Happy Holidays + Happy Couples!

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, NYC Wedding Pros, Real Stories

The end of the year finds all of us, I think, in a wistful and sentimental mood…thinking about special moments, those we’ve loved, hopes and dreams and more. Retrospectives and lists of all sorts dot publications, television programs, and social media. For me, it is a time, to think in sweeping terms about my celebrancy work. The weddings have come, …

Come Rain or Come Shine: Umbrellas for the Big Day

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

The summer of 2013, now drawing to a close, has been among the rainiest on record.  With so many outdoor ceremonies large and small (as well as bridal party photo shoots), proper rain gear is an essential accessory for ht wedding day.   Particularly for brides and grooms traveling from out-of-town, I wanted to take the opportunity to introduce my favorite …

Wedding Tunes for the Off-Beat Bride

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips, Real Stories

Sometimes I think that by the time couples pick the music for their wedding ceremony they are exhausted.  It seems like one of the final bits of the to-do list.  I sense that they don’t realize this is just another moment to express their unique style.    “Wed,” if you will, to traditional classic options and music performing configurations—a string quartet …

A Springtime Stroll in Our Park

Sarah Ritchie NYC Insiders Tips

Just like London has Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and the Jardin du Luxembourg graces Paris, New York boasts of a most fabulous public garden in Central Park. History buffs will now that the park opened before the Civil War in 1857.  Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, it now expands nearly 850 acres in the nation’s busiest …