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Expert Tips for Planning a Great Wedding from Suffolk Theater

Though planning your wedding can be daunting, Nicole Evers, the director of private events at The Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, insists that it doesn’t have to be. She offers her insights on some of the most memorable things she has seen.

Nicole Evers
Nicole Evers

Ideally, how far in advance should a couple start planning a wedding?
I think it’s important to leave yourself plenty of time for planning, at least one year. That said, we have put together weddings here at The Suffolk Theater in less than six months—but planning ahead is always best. Keep in mind the planning process is supposed to be fun, not stressful and rushed.

What are the most important things to consider when planning a wedding?
I think it’s most important to think about the style and feel of what your ideal wedding day would look like, and then to be creative with the budget on making that happen. It may not turn out exactly as planned, but hopefully it won’t be too far off course. I hate to see couples book weddings just based on budget. Get creative!

Are there things that couples would be surprised to learn when it comes to cost?
It’s important to ask your venue whether or not the service charge, otherwise known as gratuity, goes directly to the wait staff as it should!

What are the most important things to splurge on?
Here at The Suffolk Theater we take entertainment very seriously. Splurge on an a cappella group turned flash mob, an orchestra, a rock band, an opera singer or do what the couples getting married here are doing and perform yourselves!

What are the easiest things to save on?
Remind yourself what will be important to you the day-of and put them in a list of priorities.  Maybe having additional stations at your cocktail hour is more important than extravagant centerpieces. Decide what’s more important to you and eliminate what you feel isn’t necessary.  It’s OK to break tradition.

What does Suffolk Theater offer a couple getting married that you think is particularly special?
Getting married at The Suffolk Theater is extremely hands on.  No wedding is alike.  After all, this is a theater and we love to be creative. Planning a wedding here requires meeting personally with the chef to design the menu, meeting with our production team to create a flow for the day-of and several meetings with me to see that everything we discuss throughout the planning process is executed.

Can you highlight some of the dishes your chef has prepared in the past?
Chef Bernardo has put together some amazing dishes, supporting local businesses while doing it.  My favorite dish is his Pan Roasted Crescent Duck Breast with Cherry Clafoutis over grilled asparagus—a perfect dish for all seasons.

Any particularly memorable centerpieces?
One couple created Playbill-themed centerpieces for each table highlighting a photo of them in some of their favorite places in the world. It was creative to the venue and personal to them.

Can you tell us about some other unique things you’ve seen incorporated into a wedding?
A few months ago, a couple getting married here surprised guests by coming out from back stage instead of walking down the aisle. Both began performing the Bruno Mars song “Marry You!”  It was a phenomenal performance and guests were screaming and clapping with joy.  It was so exciting to be a part it!

The Suffolk Theater is located at 118 East Main Street, Riverhead.  For more information, call 631-727-4343 or visit

Suffolk Theater in Riverhead
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