Tip: It’s all in the details. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we need to be prepared for change. One thing that couples may not be as savvy about is reading and understanding the vendor contracts that they are signing. “Couples need education on contracts and what they mean. They need to know the difference between initial payments and deposits. Helping couples understand contracts is an important part of my job now,” says Tiffany Learned, owner of Barn at Bradstreet Farm. “Each vendor is different and spends a lot of time planning to make sure your day is perfect—remember it’s 90% planning and 10% execution,” says Pat Cannon, owner of Beach Plum Flower Shop. No one knows what the year ahead will bring, but being prepared can offer some peace-of-mind.
Trend: Wow them with the dress. Finding your dream wedding gown can sometimes be tricky. “Some designers are offering more customizable options—brides can chose the neckline, sleeve, color, length of train, and more. Brides are given a menu of options to select from so they can make their gown more unique,” says Renée Habashy of Madeleine’s Daughter. “All hail the convertible dress! I love that this trend is back to stay. I appreciate a surprise dress change during the evening with the convenience of a quick alteration to get the bride back on the dance floor in a flash,” says Paula Cano of A Family Affair in Maine.
Written by Andrea Cairns
Photography by Cait Bourgault