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Wedding Planning Q & A

volkswagon van with cool lighting creates a vintage wedding aesthetic

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…

Wedding Tips & Trends

Happy Tips & Trends Tuesday! The photo featured was taken by Mon Petit Studio. Trend: Collaborative, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Weddings Couples want to personalize their weddings by doing some of the work themselves and work hand-in-hand with professionals to get it done right. “They still view us as the experts,” says Renee Habashy, assistant sore manager of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH. “But they want a say in how the wedding looks.” DIY takes time, however, so make sure you have…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Harry potter themed wedding invitations

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…

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…

Should you hire a professional wedding photographer?

military wedding moment
bride on a boat looking out over the ocean
silver wedding ring on top of pink flower petal
A special moment between the bride and groom at golden hour
Having a professional photograph assures that you'll capture candid moments
a professional wedding photography captures traditional portrait style photos
bride and groom sitting on a bench for a portrait
wedding celebration as bride and groom walk down the aisle

Yes. You’ve found your perfect match, the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. You’re in love and engaged to be married! Congratulations! Now it’s time to plan a wedding…it’s going to be so much fun! You’ve picked a date, chosen your colors, then the sticker shock comes in. Whether it’s the venue, food, flowers, or the photographer, weddings are expensive. Nowadays, most couples are paying for their own weddings. Thanks to Pinterest, YouTube and today’s…

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…

The Real-Time Bride’s Guide

Your Inside Look at a Real Bride’s Planning Process Hello, I’m Heather and I’m engaged! After coming down from cloud nine, it’s time to start planning. How hard can it be, right? (understatement of the year!) Follow along as I give you a firsthand look at all the good, bad and ugly that comes along with wedding planning. I’ll walk you through my progress and share tips I’ve learned along the way. Without further ado…. Let the planning begin!