They prepared everything well but just forget the Pizza Rat.


A couple from Cobble Hill threw one of the most New York weddings in history — tying the knot on the Staten Island Ferry and then holding their reception on a packed 1 train during Friday rush-hour.
Video footage posted to Youtube on Monday shows Haskel, 30, and his dearly beloved, Bethany Hall, 32, saying “I do” while sailing across the Hudson on July 8 at around 5:30 p.m.

Their wedding party — which included Lady Liberty as the maid of honor — can be seen smiling and cheering them on as they pop champagne and dance to a slew of New York-themed songs.

The Brooklyn couple had originally planned to have a typical ceremony at the Williamsburg waterfront, but quickly changed their minds after seeing the price tag.

“It was pretty expensive for nothing,” Keith said.


Bethany recalled how the stress of planning the big day — as well as their religions — also played a part in their decision to hold their nuptials in the most New York way possible.

“He’s Jewish and I’m Presbyterian, so we felt like a temple or a church wasn’t appropriate and would just make one of us feel they weren’t being celebrated as much as the other,” she said. “We started looking for parks and different resources and a friend of ours was like, ‘Why don’t you get married on a ferry!’ And we thought, ‘That’s a great idea!’”

At around 5:10 p.m., wedding-goers showed up at the Whitehall ferry terminal in Manhattan. Everyone arrived on time except for Bethany, Haskel said.

Newlywed Bethanny Haskel crowd surfs aboard an MTA subway. Photo: Andrew Bisdale
“She was doing her makeup, you know bride stuff,” he explained. “We had scouted the ferry out a couple times and knew it ran every 15 minutes, so we knew if we let one go, we’d be the first people on the next one and could claim our own area.”

Once on board, the couple got into position and the ceremony began.


“We tried to make it as much as a normal wedding as possible, despite the location,” Haskel said. “We had a violinist playing wedding songs as people boarded. It was the best.”

In typical New York fashion, though, their vows were interrupted by an announcement from the ferry captain.

“He said something about docking in Staten Island,” recalled Haskel.

After returning to Manhattan, the couple and their roughly 80 guests schlepped on over to the nearest subway station and hopped on a 1 train to Sixth Avenue — where they boarded an L train to an after-party at the Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg.

“The whole way there we were dancing, playing “Empire State of Mind” by Jay Z and other New York songs,” Haskel said. “It was awesome.”

The couple claimed it was an experience they would never forget.

“There were so many things that could have gone wrong,” Haskel said. “Other than my wife being 15 minutes late, there were thunderstorms, it was 90 degrees, and we were on the subway during rush hour. But we had fun and having fun is the best when it comes to getting married, especially here. The strangers are great and New York City is great. So it’s something we’ll remember forever.”


His new bride agreed.

“It was just a really special day and I hope that we also brought a little bit of joy in commuters lives,” Bethany said. “I think we managed to make everyone feel included and celebrated. I don’t think we could have asked for a better wedding.”

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Personalized Can Coolers – Fun Wedding Favors


You know, those can “cooler” sleeves that keep your canned beverages cold while keeping your hands warm? Yep, koozies. If there’s one thing we have too many of in the kitchen it has to be can “koozies.”

Now this might seem like a different kind of wedding favor, but that’s what we love – different!

Imagine you’re hosting an outdoor reception or maybe a destination wedding – or both. You could add these personalized “can coolers” to the welcome bag or you could put one at each place setting at the reception.

Of course, serving beverages in cans means they’ll be used at the reception – a good idea for an outdoor party – but you could also just let your guests take them home as a fun keepsake!

You can choose from three different themes for these can coolersAudemars Piguet Replica Watches
and they can be personalized to fit your theme.

You’ll find these can coolers here.

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Give You Tips for Having a Cigar Bar at Your Wedding

A cigar bar is the perfect fun and sophisticated amenity they’ll definitely enjoy. We got the scoop from Michael Herklots, vice president of retail and brand development at Nat Sherman International, on having a cigar bar at your reception—from the cigar bar itself to wine and cocktail pairings, and everything in between. Here’s some need-to-know info to help you pull it off and impress your guests. Looking for a unique reception activity your guests will love?

Perks and Pleasures

Whether you’re a cigar enthusiast or a total novice, a cigar bar is a great way to add some flair to your reception. “It offers many guests a chance to try something new and get outside of their comfort zone,” Herklots says. “And, for those folks who’ve enjoyed cigars in the past, it’s an even more attractive addition.”

If the Cigar Fits

In terms of picking the right cigar, remember not to overcommit. Herklots suggests that you keep the length below six inches and the ring gauge between 46 and 52. “This keeps the smoking time short, which is important so your guests remember to come back inside and enjoy the party,” Herklots says.

Location Is Key

You may want to place your cigar bar in a somewhat secluded or private space, so guests who don’t want to participate can abstain without feeling uncomfortable or smell the smoke. “Find a discreet spot positioned away from patio doors or kid-friendly areas,” Herklots say.

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Perfect Pair

And now for the fun part—drink pairings! We all know from classic flicks that nothing is more suitable for a cigar than a well-aged glass of scotch, but Herklots offers a few other options. Enjoy a dark spirit, or dark-spirit-based cocktail, like a Manhattan, with bolder, richer cigars. Conversely, sip on lighter, more brightly flavored cocktails, like wine and beer, to complement mellower cigars. You can also hire a tobacconist to guide your guests through their cigar and drink experience—how cool is that?

Bang for Your Buck

Premium cigars cost anywhere from $5 to $25 and up. And if you’re looking for a cigar bar that’s a little more cost-effective, Herklots recommends a DIY option, which includes buying the cigars, then printing out your own tasting cards that describe each one’s distinctive qualities.

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Actually What’s the Basic Wedding Reception Timeline?


Could you please give a rough timeline of the following events: receiving line, cocktail hour, first dance, champagne toast, best man’s and maid of honor’s speeches, dinner and cake cutting? I’m so clueless! I’m not certain about the order of events at the wedding reception.


Absolutely, good question! Here’s the basic order of wedding reception events. How long each event lasts depends on your party—is it a simple cocktail wedding reception or a seated dinner? (The average reception with full meal lasts for about four hours.) Keep in mind that you’re not orchestrating the wedding reception alone—your banquet manager, caterer, bandleader (who might act as MC) and other wedding professionals are old hands at this stuff, so they know what’s supposed to happen when. Remember too, that nothing is set in stone—there are always options, and if the timing of one thing or the other doesn’t suit your style, you can always mix it up.

Receiving Line

The line can form at the wedding ceremony site just after the wedding or at the reception site, depending on logistics. If you think your guests will get to the reception before you (if you and the wedding party will be taking pictures after the vows), you might want to have the line at the ceremony site. Another option is to hold the cocktail hour in a room other than the main reception room. You’ll have plenty of time to get to the cocktail hour, and when the doors to the reception room open, you and your parents can form the receiving line as guests enter.

Cocktail Hour

The cocktail hour kicks off the wedding reception and can last for an hour or perhaps an hour and a half. Guests arrive, greet each other and you, and generally get into party mode.

First Dance

This moment can take place when you two are announced for the first time as husband and wife—just go directly to the dance floor. Alternatively, you can wait until after the salad course—it’s entirely up to you.

Champagne Toast and Speeches

The toast generally happens after everyone is seated and the first course has been served. The best man starts the toast and gives his speech, followed by the maid of honor. The couple responds (the groom usually responds to the best man, but why not let the bride say something too?), and then parents and other guests can say a few words as well.


Once cocktails are finished, the couple and wedding party have been announced, and the first dance is over (if you’ve chosen to dance before the meal), dinner should be served. Generally, not much more than half an hour should have passed since guests entered the main reception room.

Wedding Cake Cutting

The cake is usually cut during the last hour of the reception, which makes sense because it’s time for dessert and coffee as the party is winding down. Also, the wedding cake cutting generally signals to guests that it’s okay to leave soon, so don’t cut the cake too early or things could start wrapping up before you’re ready.

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Delicious Wedding Cake and Cupcakes

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What if you want to serve cupcakes but still have a traditional wedding cake to cut too? Simple – serve both! I love the idea of serving cupcakes at a wedding reception.

They’re fun and functional. And everyone loves cupcakes!

This is a fun concept – have a small, one tier wedding cake as the “main” cake – basically for the couple to cut – and then surround it by gorgeous cupcakes.

You can have your cake and eat cupcakes too!

The cupcakes can be assorted flavors – maybe themed to the season (red velvet, spice cake, strawberry). And for an added touch of fun, make sure you have enough so that guests can take one home too. Order some cute Chinese take-out boxes for the cupcakes.

You can check out this fun cake and cupcake idea here.


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Do You Know How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Date

With a little over a year to plan, you have time to check everything off your list—from finding your wedding dress (which can take 9 to 11 months) to booking your wedding reception venue (some are booked a year in advance). Consider the following to pick a day that’s both practical and personal.

You’re engaged? Congratulations! When’s the wedding? This delicate decision is different for each couple, but according to our 2015 Real Weddings Study, the average engagement is about 14 months long.


How romantic would it be to marry on the date you first met, on the day you officially became a couple or on your grandparents’ anniversary? Some cultures use traditional methods to choose a date—Japanese families check out the koyomi, an ancient astrological calendar, to pick the most propitious day, while ancient Greeks use divined pig entrails. (Pork rinds, anyone?) You may not be able to marry on the exact day you want—the venue you love may be booked or that special date could fall on a Monday—but you can probably get pretty close. Tell your guests about any significance of the timing in your ceremony programs.


Weather not only affects your wedding’s style and location, but may set a completely different mood. If it’s snowing outside, or it’s 90 degrees, people will behave differently. Consider your wedding personality, then choose your season accordingly. Free-spirited fun, tropical-inspired cocktails and sun-dappled settings: Stick with a summer wedding. Opulence, snowfall and holiday sparkle: Try a winter wedding. Rich colors, nostalgia and mulled apple cider: Go for a fall wedding. Freshness, pastels and a daffodil bouquet: A spring wedding is your thing.


Budget may affect your choice. June, August, September and October are the most popular times to marry, so prices are inevitably higher. But if, for example, you’re planning a wedding in January, March or December, it may cost less because 50 other couples aren’t lined up behind you offering to pay top dollar. Days of the week also matter: Saturday nights carry a hefty price tag, but marry during the week and the world is your oyster (venues may even bid against each other to get your business).


If you’ve always wanted a Nutcracker wedding, or you’d love a heart-covered wedding cake, sounds like you’re a holiday wedding couple. If you’re Irish, opt for March, when everyone is already in the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Try a wedding party in pastels and an Easter egg hunt in March or April. Have a Fourth of July celebration with flags, barbecue and fireworks. A plus: Some holidays fall on long weekends, which might make it easier for out-of-town guests to attend. On the flip side, some guests may not want their holiday weekends upended by a wedding, so take that into consideration as well.

VIP Preferences

Speaking of guests, but only of the top-tier, wouldn’t-get-married-without-them variety: If you have limited preferences, you may want to ask your nearest and dearest about date conflicts and plan accordingly. Be forewarned that this is a slippery slope if you ask anyone outside your essential circle of parents, siblings and honor attendants. Keep it simple and don’t budge once the date’s set.

No-No Days

There are definitely wedding dates to avoid. The weekend before tax day is not the best time to tie the knot—especially if one of you is an accountant or tax attorney. No matter what your career, you probably have your own crunch time at work (inventory always happens in July, the new fiscal year begins in September), so don’t marry then. You’ll either be stressed or you won’t be allowed to take off for your honeymoon. Also, your religion may dictate some times of year, or even days of the week, that are off-limits.

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Introducing How to Cut Costs on Your Reception Menu

Unimpressed with standard catering fare and looking to make his mark on the culinary landscape, Chef Matthew Antoun started Modern Art Catering in 2010, a full-service caterer focused on innovative cuisine and personalized experiences. And while that may sound expensive, Antoun believes that even foodies on a budget can achieve the ultimate wedding menu experience.

The average price of catering rings up to $68 per person, according to The Knot 2015 Real Weddings Survey. When you multiply that by 139, the survey’s average number of guests, you’re facing a food bill of $9,452, at least. If budget isn’t an issue, that amount may seem like small potatoes. But for many engaged couples, it’s a big cost. The good news is that you can potentially pocket a portion of that nearly $10,000 without your guests leaving your reception ravenous. It all comes down to creative, smart-minded food choices.

“For example, pick more casual style food that can be served in a fun and interesting way, such as a corn dog cart, a New Orleans-style barbecue station or a make-it-yourself pizza bar,” says Antoun. “There are many low cost food items that can be turned into a foodie’s dream.”

Serving Up Savings

If you’re still in shock from the average $68 per person cost, Antoun is not surprised, as “people assume catering is going to be the same as food costs at a restaurant, but it’s always more expensive because catering is personalized, and essentially your ‘own’ restaurant for the day.”

“Another common misconception is that a buffet should be cheaper than a plated meal,” says Antoun. “While that can be true by a small margin, it’s not necessarily the case.” That’s because even though you may require less server staff, the food cost increases since a larger, less-predictable volume of food needs to be available. If you really want to cut back on the catering without skimping on servings and food quality, Antoun offers the following advice:

1. Use non-traditional cuts of meat: Different cuts of meat, such as beef cheeks, pork belly and seasonal, local fish, can actually enhance the menu and food selections. These cuts and varieties are cheaper, but make for a much more unique, delicious and creative menu for your guests.

2. Use disposables: Go for high-grade, eco-friendly disposables over traditional glassware and fine china. The cost per unit is less, and you can hire less bussing staff.

3. Pass on passed appetizers: While these are nice to have, if you’re really trying to save money on food, this is a great place to cut down. You can decrease your food cost and labor/staff hours. Instead, set up a cheese station or a bread and olive oil station for your guests to snack on before dinner.

4. Cut the big cake: Serve a small ceremonial cake for pictures and cake cutting, but set up a dessert bar of simple sweets like cookies, cupcakes and brownies. Your guests will appreciate the extra options.

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