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Rainy Day Elements

Part 2: Plan Ahead – But Not Too Far Ahead Plan ahead—but not too far ahead. Hopefully you have established a solid rain plan that you’d be just as happy having to execute as your fair weather plan. Yeah for you! For those of you who are now staring at your weather map and consulting the Farmer’s Almanac six months in advance, I’m afraid you’re adding a level of stress to your planning process that is just not necessary. When you…

Wedding Wisdom

SEATING CHART Ellen Braley of El’s Cards recommends a hand-painted (watercolor, in Braley’s case) statement piece that doubles as a work of art to hang in your home post-celebration: “It’s a visual reminder of those who shared your most special day.” CALLIGRAPHY “If envelope liners aren’t in your budget, a handwritten envelope is most impressive, most impactful,” says Braley, who often incorporates an element from invitations- like an oyster shell or flower- onto the envelopes as well. ESCORT CARDS These…

Wedding Wisdom

THANK-YOU NOTES This is arguably one of the most important pieces to include in your stationery suite. “It’s a lot of work being a guest at a wedding!” Courtney Daniel laughs. “You need to show your gratitude for the fact that they took the time to show up and buy you a gift.” But guess what? Thank-you cards don’t actually have to say “thank you” on them. In fact, Braley recommends sticking with elements from your theme and that’s it,…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look At A Real Bride’s Planning Process WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER Stay organized by keeping all your information in one place. I use a planner that keeps track of how many people I’ve invited, their addresses, and which table they will be seated at. Organization is incredibly important, especially when you need to share information with other people who are planning. For example, I’ve sent my wedding planner to the bridal party for my wedding shower and to…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look At A Real Bride’s Planning Process DRESS SHOPPING My favorite part of the wedding process so far was not just looking for my dream dress but the experience of finding it. It became a weekend event as we planned to go to three different places. We started in a local shop whose staff was very helpful, but I couldn’t find dresses in my size. The next stop and my least favorite was a chain bridal store. It…

Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: What if we just elope? A: Elopement can be the perfect wedding solution for couples who want to keep things small and intimate – with just themselves and their best friends as witnesses. Emily Delamater of Emily Delamater Photography has even brought her husband along on an elopement shoot, and they’ve served as official witnesses for the bride and groom. “The elopement part of our business has really grown,” she says. “Coastal New England is so picturesque and beautiful that…

Wedding Wisdom

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SIGNAGE Put those wedding hashtags to use and include signs around your venue, instructing guests to post pictures for all to share. Go for double duty and make them arrows pointing toward the bar, photo booth, and hors d’oeuvres station. EMBELLISHMENTS A twine wrap that marries with your nautical theme, a burlap ribbon to tie all your inserts together – whatever extra “wow” factor you want to include, get a group of girlfriends together or pop open…

Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: Do we have to…? A: It’s your day to celebrate. There are no “have to’s” or “shoulds,” says Kate Malloy. Do what’s meaningful to you and don’t be afraid to break your tradition. Malloy’s fiancé, Chris, initially wanted to abide by tradition and not see her on their wedding day until the ceremony. Brian Adams, their wedding photographer, talked him in to doing a first look. “It was the best thing we did,” Malloy says. “It gave us the…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The featured photo was taken by Emily Delamater Photography. Tip: Wedding Insurance What happens if your wedding photographer is a no-show? Or the caterer goes out of business after you’ve paid the deposit, or the tent malfunctions? Consider insurance. If you’re getting married at a friend or relative’s home, you can extend your renters’ or homeowners’ insurance to cover your event. There are also online wedding insurance packages. Aileen Dugan of State Farm in Portsmouth,…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look At A Real Bride’s Planning Process IT’S ALL ABOUT THE DETAILS Like many other brides out there, I proudly admit that I am addicted to Etsy. It has helped me tremendously in shopping for my wedding. One day I was scrolling through the site and— there they were— the perfect shoes! It was love at first sight. I purchased them through the fantastic ‘NerdBoutique’, who worked with me to find the right size heel. The shoes arrived…