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Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: Any ideas for stretching out the fun of our wedding weekend? A: Absolutely! Consider a destination wedding with a twist. As part of an “experiential” wedding, couples might invite guests for a weekend of hiking and “glamping” (glamorous camping), according to Jennifer Williamson of Jenny’s Cakes in Amesbury, MA. “It’s a great way to enjoy more time with your guests,” she says. Chris Weber of The Black Tie Co. based in Portland, ME, says a big trend these days is…

Puppy Love

It is said that dogs are man’s best friend. So why not include your pup in your wedding day? Whether they are part of the festivities (ring bearers or even flower girls) or a guest in the audience, take these suggestions into consideration. What’s your dog’s personality? Is he comfortable in big crowds? Is he a barker? Consider hiring a pet-sitter during the service so that you don’t have to worry. If kids are coming to your wedding, ask them…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look at a Real Bride’s Planning Process PICKING A THEME I felt bombarded with questions from friends and family about my coming wedding— Who was catering? Where were we having the ceremony? How many people were coming?—until I was asked what colors and theme we were planning on. You can have a theme? Really? Sign me up! I was excited. It was important to me to chose something unique, something that would make our wedding true to who…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look at a Real Bride’s Planning Process FINDING YOUR PERFECT PLACE The venue, it sets the stage for your perfect day. I knew I wanted something rustic, yet different, and with a whole lot of charm. I looked and looked and looked (and then I looked some more). And then I found it, the PERFECT venue! It had everything we were looking for and then some! Stonewall Farm is located in Keene, NH. So we thought it would…

Wedding Wisdom

INVITATIONS Invitations are the piece de resistance, the first real sneak peek into your big event. Have fun with them! The options are seemingly endless, but one thing Courtney Daniel of C. Daniel Design insists is a must: texture. Whether that means layering the inserts in a pocket-style invitation or incorporating other textiles, like satin or jewels, this is your chance to give guests something they haven’t seen before. SAVE-THE-DATES Although not 100 percent necessary, more often than not, couples…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by I Am Sarah V. Photography. Tip: Transform An Ordinary Space “One of the most amazing weddings I ever saw was a hotel ballroom transformed into a French flower market, with potted plants and trees and buckets and buckets of flowers,” says Jennifer Williamson of Jenny’s Wedding Cakes in Amesbury, MA. The same is true of outdoor spaces, which can be transformed by adding elements like rustic furniture, additional shrubs,…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look at a Real Bride’s Planning Process EVERYONE’S INVITED! Now that we had a set budget the next thing to tackle was the guest list. I started here because I needed to know the total number of guests before finding a venue. It is important to me that our venue accommodates everyone on our list, so finalizing this number was a good starting point. I’m not going to lie this part was a headache! Make sure you have…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Erin Little Photography. Tip: Up Your Tablescapes Different plants, flowers, candles at varied heights, even antique cake stands and other details add visual interest to tablescapes at your reception. Consider the look and theme of your event, from linens to flowers. Betsy Scott of Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth, NH, has used potted ferns, moss, flowers, even small log, to create a woodland-themed setting. She also likes to incorporate sentimental…

Charm on the Farm

The great outdoors is a glorious backdrop for an impeccably styled wedding shoot. Whether your preference is rustic, garden, country, or just pure romance, there’s a wealth of ideas in these beautiful photos. Barn weddings are still in vogue. Moody Mountain Farm in Wolfeboro, NH, has plenty of authentic charm, especially in Autumn, when this inspiration shoot was photographed.   {the team} Photographer: Lindsay Hackney Planner: Lindsey M. Events Models: Melissa Callahan, Ben Galucki Dress: BHLDN Flowers: Emily Herzig Floral…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

An Inside Look at a Real Bride’s Planning I’M ENGAGED…NOW WHAT? Oh man where to start, there is so much to do! Step one, before we dive in and start planning our dream wedding, we need to establish a budget. How do you determine that number? What is important to you? What can you live without? For me, I wanted to focus on our wedding photos, flowers and venue. We decided we’d try to save money on catering and number…