Tips & Trends: Read the fine print and Grooms are making more decisions

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Tip: Read the fine print. Make sure you—and your planner—understand what’s in vendor agreements. “There may be a small clause you miss that becomes a big problem the day of the wedding,” says Zahares. Kara Marshall Patten, director of marketing at Marshall Tent and Event Rental in Kittery, Maine, points out parts of their contracts that customers may miss. “Couples may not notice, for example, that dishes and flatware need to be rinsed before they’re returned to us,” she says. Your planner, caterer and whoever’s orchestrating your day should know that you’ve signed off on all contracts.

Trend: Grooms are making more decisions. With brides busier than ever, more grooms are helping with wedding details. “It’s just as a big a day for grooms as it is for the brides,” says Patten. Although brides are still the primary decision-makers, men are stepping it up. “Sometimes the groom is handling specific things, like finding the DJ or photographer,” says McCallister, “because brides just don’t have time to make all the decisions.”

Tip: Don’t overdo table arrangements. Large floral arrangements and elaborate table decorations can hinder guests from conversing and easily passing food back and forth across the table. “Long tables are more conducive to family-style dining,” says Michelle Rose of Minka Fine Flowers in Kennebunkport. “I’ll cluster three different types of vases on a long table to provide interest and leave room for platters of food.” Well-placed arrangements can impress without cluttering or overwhelming the table, says Patten. “Simple is better,” she advises.

Trend: Wedding gowns: Easy is in, lace is tried-and-true. Seacoast brides want gowns that are classic, elegant and easy. Dresses with a slight trumpet hem are popular, as are sleeveless and strapless gowns with clean lines and less embellishment. Lace is still in style—“It’s understated and classic,” says Elizabeth Dirom, owner of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth—and jumpsuits are popular, too. “All of the designers are doing a version of a jumpsuit,” Dirom says. “It’s about brides being comfortable and knowing who they are.”

Written by Debbie Kane

Photography by Jamie Mercurio Photography