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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…

Rainy Day Elements

No ones wishes to actually need their rain plan, but it’s important to have one and it’s even more important for you to like it.  I always tell our clients to have a plan b and sometimes a plan c and to love them as much as your fair weather plan. These plans of course usually occur when you’re hosting an outdoor wedding. This series of blog posts is going to help you create your rain plans, making sure 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,…

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,…

Wedding Planning Q & A

Q: What should I include in my wedding day schedule? A: Your celebration should include time to simply appreciate the moment. Kate Malloy of Malloy Events in Rye, NH, know this firsthand: she’s a wedding planner who recently planned her own nuptials to another event planner, Chris Malloy. “Everyone says it but it’s true – pause a moment in your day to appreciate the significance of getting married,” she says. Talk to your photographer and event planner (if you have one).…

Wedding Wisdom

DIRECTION/LODGING CARDS “Everyone has a GPS on their phones or in their rental cars,” Finigan says. Instead, put your resources toward a wedding website- a nod to tradition meeting technology- and include information about the venue, accommodations, and day-of parking instructions. Guests can be directed to your website with a quick line on the bottom of your invitation. CUSTOM MAPS Whether included on your save-the-date, wedding website or in with your invitation, including a custom map is all the rage.…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Eric McCallister Photography. Trend: A Close Relationship With Your Wedding Photographer Great photos come from open conversations between you and your wedding photographer, resulting in evocative, authentic photos. “You definitely get better photos,” says Delamater. “I like it when couples come to me with suggestions about the shots they want.” Trust your instincts and choose a photographer you like since you’ll be spending most of the day with her.…