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Tips & Trends: Get Lit! and Custom Couture

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Tip: Get Lit! Creative cocktails are all the rage, and that includes the containers they come in. “We love the idea of mini cocktails that can be passed on trays like hors d’oeuvres,” says Reuben Bell. He says they’ve done specialty cocktails in perfume bottles and even light bulbs (not real ones!)—giving a whole new meaning to “get lit!” Pat Cannon of CAtCH Events and Custom House Maritime Museum loves the experience created by the vintage Italian “piaggio appe” operated by Runaway Bar. This mobile tap truck has “taptenders,” and Pat says, “They always bring a unique, chic experience. It’s…

Tips & Trends: Look to Your Own Back Yard and Bye-Bye Buffet

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Tip: Look to Your Own Back Yard. Sourcing locally for flowers and food has become something of a mantra in recent years, especially in this time of supply-chain issues. “Local farmers and growers were essential to the flower industry this year,” says Julie DeStafano, owner of Viola & Moss Floral Artistry. “Flowers were very hard to source (through normal channels), but local farmers had beautiful product that pushed our florals to a new level. I also saw local farmers who cultivate their own oysters, like Laura Brown from Fox Point Oysters and Swell Oyster Co., both out of New Hampshire.…

Tips & Trends: Go Local and Get Creative

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Tip: Go Local. Sourcing locally is not only a great way to introduce out-of-town guests to the local landscape but it also helps the local economy. “At Beach Plum Flowers, we grow our own flowers with a local grower, Singing Brook Farms. They are gorgeous, unique and help our local ecosystem,” says Pat Cannon. There are many ways to bring local flair to your event—talk to your caterer and baker about using in-season locally grown foods; find a local artist to create one-of-a-kind keepsake wedding invitations; or bring in a local brewery or distillery. “When you share with your vendor…

Tips & Trends: The Livestream Event and Microweddings

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Tip: The Livestream Event. It may be a while before people are ready to travel or gather in large groups. Thanks to technology, there is a way to still have your nearest and dearest be a part of your wedding—livestream it! You can hire a professional to be in charge of the equipment, setup and “day of” execution. “Check in with your photographer to find out what the options might be to work with them. They might be able to offer a second or third shooter for a short amount of time,” says Paula Cano. Want to do-it-yourself? Make sure…

Tips & Trends: Collaborate and Love Wins

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Tip: Collaborate. So many details go into planning a wedding, regardless of the size of the event, but if you leverage the collective experience of the vendors you’ve gathered, it can be a lot easier. “You can have 20+ years of experience in the wedding industry between all of your vendors,” says Jim Barbere of Jim Barbere Photography. They’ve likely seen it all, and can work with you to come up with creative solutions and offer sound, practical advice. “It’s so important to build on the relationships you have with your vendor team; we’re all in this together and open…

Tips & Trends: It’s All In The Details and Wow Them With The Dress

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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…

Tips & Trends: Try to Stick Close and Dried Up

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Tip: Try to Stick Close. Taking off-site photos the day of your wedding isn’t a walk in the park, considering the extra time and other logistics. “I always advise against it,” says Linnea Tangorra, owner of Tangorra Wedding Planning, Newburyport, MA. She suggests if you have a spot you love that isn’t your wedding location, travel there for your engagement photos and save yourself added stress on your wedding day! Trend: Dried Up! Dried flowers are taking over at fall weddings! “We’re seeing everything from just an accent of some bunny tails to bleached wheat and dried leaves or ferns,”…

Tips & Trends: Take a Seat and Handyman Grooms

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Tip: Take a Seat. Using unconventional seating for your ceremony or reception can be fun, but it’s important you still have enough seats for everyone. “You don’t want 70 percent of your guests sitting and the other 30 percent standing around them,” cautions Nicole Mower of Nicole Mower Weddings and Events in Kittery, ME. On the other hand, incorporating different styles of chairs and benches can switch up the feel of the day. “It doesn’t have to be the traditional table and chair. Lounge furniture is a great way to create a relaxed feel,” continues Mower. Rick Taranto, owner of…

Tips & Trends: Be Yourself and Seeing Clearly

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Tip: Be Yourself. Elizabeth Dirom, owner of Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal in Portsmouth, NH, reminds brides to remain true to their own unique style for their big day. “Your wedding day is all about who you are, and your dress should reflect that,” she notes. “This goes for hair and makeup as well. If you are someone who likes a glamorous day-to-day look, then have your hair and makeup reflect that style!” Trend: Seeing Clearly. Want to feel like you’re dining under the stars at your reception? Then consider renting a clear sailcloth tent. “They’re gorgeous, and you really feel like…

Tips & Trends: Create a Floral Wall and Custom Chocolates

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Tip: Create a Floral Wall. Hoping to “wow” your guests? Then a floral wall could be just the thing! “It personalizes the event beautifully,” says Nadra Edgerley, owner of Nadra Photography in Scarborough, ME. And it can be very versatile, according to Pat Cannon, owner, and Lisa Greene, master designer of Beach Plum Flower Shop in Newburyport, MA. “One large backdrop for the ceremony can be broken down into sections for the reception,” they explain. “One section can be used behind the cake table, another behind the sweetheart table, and yet another for the photo booth.” Trend: Custom Chocolates. Everyone…