What To Expect

You are welcome to attend all of the weekend’s events, or just the ceremony and reception if that is a better fit for you.  We are happy you are able to share this exciting time in our lives with us!

The Ceremony
The wedding ceremony will take place outdoors on the grounds of Suzy Q at 4:30 on Saturday, June 19th.  Evening cocktails will take place on the Veselka Deck, a short walk away from the ceremony site.  The reception will take place in the Veselka Hall.

Dress
Attire for the ceremony and reception will be semi-formal to formal.  Even though we’ll be in the mountains, feel free to wear your fancy dresses and suits.  We love dressing up in nature!  We actually love dressing up for parties in general, and this is going to be our most favorite party ever.  The ceremony will take place in a small meadow near an outdoor chapel, but feel free to wear your party shoes because the path to the chapel is paved and you won’t be walking very far on grass.  Attire for the Friday BBQ, Saturday during the day, and Sunday Brunch is casual or festive.  It’s up to you!

Weather
The weather in the Catskills this time of year is typically in the seventies to eighties during the day and in the sixties at night.  And of course, prepare for rain (but hope for the best).

Babysitting
Children and babies are more than welcome at our wedding.  We will be providing babysitters during the reception in a location next door to the reception hall.   Let us know if you have any questions, or if we can be helpful in some way.

What to Bring
Sunscreen, swimsuit, comfortable shoes and some party funds!  There will be a cash bar after the barbecue and reception. There is a cash machine on-site, but in case it’s out of order, the closest one may be miles away.

Meals
All meals for the weekend will be provided by us. This includes the Friday evening BBQ, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner (at the reception), and brunch on Sunday.

Pets
We know your puppies would love to romp though the forest near Suzy Q, but, unfortunately, there is a no pets policy.

Registry
We really have everything we could ever need to start our new married life together: we have each other (true!).  We also know that some of you will be coming from far away, which can be costly.  What we really want is just to have you there with us for this special weekend, and encourage you to not feel obligated to buy us a gift.  For those of you who simply feel they must, we have registered at a few places: Honeyfund, Macy’s, and Amazon. Honeyfund is a honeymoon registry; in case you aren’t familiar with honeymoon registries, they are a way to provide guests with an opportunity to give a gift that is more experiential in nature. While we know honeymoon registries are a bit non-traditional, they have become more and more common in recent years and are a great way to help us plan the honeymoon of our dreams. Our love for traveling and adventure is one of the things that brought us together in the first place and we can’t wait to go on our honeymoon!

Here are links to those registries:

Honeyfund Honeymoon Registry

Amazon Registry

Macy’s Registry

Charitable Donations
We’ve thought a lot recently about what marriage means to us, and how truly happy we are to be getting married.  We found this passage that represents our feelings on marriage:

Civil marriage is at once a deeply personal commitment to another human being and a highly public celebration of the ideals of mutuality, companionship, intimacy, fidelity, and family… Because it fulfills yearnings for security, safe haven, and connection that express our common humanity, civil marriage is an esteemed institution, and the decision whether and whom to marry is among life’s momentous acts of self-definition… It is undoubtedly for these concrete reasons, as well as for its intimately personal significance, that civil marriage has long been termed a “civil right.”

These words are from the landmark Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality.  We hope that some day all people will have equal rights in this country and around the world, including the freedom to marry.  As we celebrate our commitment to each other, we’d also like to support fairness and equality for all loving couples. If you’d like to make a charitable donation in lieu of a gift to us, please contribute to Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. In lieu of a gift you can donate at www.freedomtomarry.org.