18 JUNE 21, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Renaissance Event Hall
The Renaissance Event Hall in
Long Island City, NY is a convenient
location for events and weddings,
particularly in Queens. Located close
to Astoria and Manhattan, couples can
enjoy their reception without worrying
about guests having to travel long
distances, especially when they choose
to have the ceremony in one of the
many churches in Astoria.
For those interested in outdoor
photos, the hall is also located near
Astoria Park, Socrates Sculpture Park,
Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms
Park, and Gantry Plaza State Park for
Renaissance Event Hall was
recognized in the last three years (2015,
2016, and 2017) with Wedding Wire’s
“Bride’s Choice” and The Knot’s “Best
of Weddings” Awards.
Q: What makes the Renaissance
Event Hall a good choice for a
A: We host only one event at a time.
Our space is newly renovated and in
summer 2018 we will also open our
backyard for ceremonies.
Q: How have weddings changed at
the Renaissance since the time you
started until now?
A: We used to have many inquiries
for all-inclusive packages where the
included. Now a days the couples like
to customize their event alone to give a
personal touch to the special occasion.
Q: How many guests attend an
average wedding at your venue?
A: 125-400 guests.
Q: How far in advance should
couples begin planning their wedding
at the Renaissance?
A: It should be 9-12 months,
however, we had couples book
less than 3 months in advance and
they had a lovely celebration. I
suggest if you have never planned
any event before, give yourself.
For couples interested in planning
their wedding at Renaissance Event
Hall, appointments are available
11:30am – 6:30pm, 7 days a week. A
baby grand piano is available to rent
by the hour to be played by a pianist
the couple provides or the Renaissance
can provide the pianist as well, for an
As noted on the website, “Guests
are greeted in the lobby bar, its simple
elegance punctuated by a baby grand
curved staircase. Marble steps descend
to reveal the neoclassic decor of the
main reception hall and hardwood
The perfect setting for any stylish
event, from a wedding ceremony,
reception, to corporate functions,
photo shoots and fashion shows.”
The 12,000 square foot wedding
venue also features a full-service
kitchen providing catering options for
buffet and plated dinners, capacity for
parties up to 350 seated guests and 450
cocktail guests, state-of-the-art audio
The hall’s event coordinator and
team can assist with the details.
More information is available at
Walk down the aisle in style
WBY CHELLE CORDERO alking down the aisle
toward the one you love,
filled with anticipation
and dreams of a lifetime of love and
happiness -- it's a long and thrilling
walk. While the bride metaphorically
feels as if she were walking on a cloud,
this can be actually be the case if she's
happy with the shoes she is wearing!
Footwear is an important part of the
wedding ensemble, helping the bride
feel beautiful and fanciful. Some of
the hottest styles can provide fashion
and comfort while allowing the bride
to truly personalize her wedding look.
Swarovski crystals and satin
wedding shoes are among the more
traditional options, but there are some
non-traditional styles that will certainly
catch the eye. Marchesa's black-feathered
sandals, shiny black opened-toed
heels with black lace anklets and an
ankle strap making a dramatic statement
and a perfect accent for black and
white weddings. Jimmy Choo off ers its
Romy pointy toe pump in black glitter
or silver/dusk blue with matching stiletto
heel for a glittery dramatic eff ect.
For pure regal elegance, check out the
rose gold embroidered pumps from
Oscar de la Renta.
Color is also making a splash on the
wedding runway. Badgley Mischka's
"Royal" crystal embellished peep-toe
pump comes in a choice of bold colors
including black, blue iris, ivory satin
and red. Hannibal Laguna's wrap-tied
satin sandals are available in a variety
of soothing pastel shades. Dolce and
Gabbana off ers two styles of daring
stilettos covered with its signature
tomato red corded lace, each at a different
height with a diff erent crystal
cluster. Sophia Webster offers the
choice of a coco crystal ice blue satin
pump or a coco crystal metallic silver
both featuring a beaded crystal heel.
Depending on the bride's dress,
height and comfort level, she can
choose beautiful wedding shoes
such as fl at sandals or pumps with
low, kitten, chunky or stiletto heels
and even wedges or platforms. Even
boots are made for walking down the
wedding aisle. Check out the Thalia
Sodi Rese sequin peep-toe booties
or romeily lace-up evening Booties
by INC International Concepts. The
color of her footwear can match or
complement her dress or its accents.
There is no limit when it comes to the
fabric and fi nish available, including
see-through open lace, leatherette,
silky satin, leather, suede, patent
leather and velvet.
Aft er all of the vows are said and the
celebrating begins, the bride should
give some of her attention to comfortable
footwear for the dance fl oor.
While heavy socks are a common alternative,
they can cause the bride to
slip, and they just aren't as fashionable
as a shiny pair of inexpensive foldable
fl ats, dressy ballerina shoes or wedding
sneakers. Dance up a storm aft er
the ceremony when the bride can kick
off her heels in style and don a pair of
sparkly canvas glitter Keds sneakers
from Kate Spade or garner lace stone
embellished slip-on sneakers from
Antonio Melani. As an added bonus,
foldable flats make a terrific and
thoughtful gift for the bridesmaids,
Choosing the right footwear depends
on more than just the style, and
there are so many choices available.
Just because the bride-to-be falls in
love with an elegant stiletto shoe, a
pair of chunky platforms or sandals
with wrap-around straps that threaten
the circulation, she should still make
sure that she can walk comfortably.
The shoes need to be tried on for more
than the few seconds it takes to fi nd
the right size. Can she walk in them
without losing her balance? It's also
important to be able to stand still long
enough for photographs and, of course,
long enough to take the wedding vows.
Do the shoes fi t the gown, can the bride
walk with her chosen shoes without
getting tangled in the tulle and lace?
Every bride deserves a perfect wedding
from her toes and up.