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Tips & Trends: Pick a Point Person and Shine On

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Tip: Pick a Point Person. Make your wedding day one to remember: designate someone other than yourself to be the point person for the day’s details and schedule. “Be a guest at your own wedding, not the maestro,” says Samantha Finigan. Wedding planners are used to managing details, unobtrusively and tactfully, but you can also designate a trusted friend or family member. Finigan recommends hiring a planner.  “They’re the best advocates to get the quality of service you want and they’re used to handling any problems that come up,” she says. Trend: Shine On. Metallics and mixed metals like gold,…

Tips & Trends: Mix It Up and Wedding Blues

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Tip: Mix It Up. Don’t be afraid to change up reception seating. Mixing table sizes or types creates more interest: round tables use space efficiently; rectangular tables can be combined into different configurations; and combining round tables with square or rectangular tables creates variety and visual interest. Try mixing table types, too; for example, farm tables combined with traditional linen-covered tables. Mixing it up can save you money, according to Kara Marshall. “It’s the best of both worlds. You can use farm tables where guests can see them—as the welcome table, dessert station or head table. Then you can mix…

Elevate Your Wedding Game – Tips & Trends

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Take your wedding cake and bar to the next level with these tips and trends. Tip: Bars that Raise the Bar A bar that’s open before and right after your ceremony creates a convivial atmosphere. “Bars are perfect gathering areas for your guests before or after the ceremony,” says Kate Malloy. “They’re also a great design element.” Think a shiplap board bar to match a rustic theme or gray with fabric or mirror inserts for a more upscale look. Add in a couple of options for beer and wine, and perhaps a signature cocktail, and you’re all set. You can…

Keep Them Guessing: Wedding Tip & Trends – 2019

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Keep them guessing with these tips and trends designed to amaze guests on the big day. Tip: SURPRISE! Nothing says “party!” like confetti or paper streamers, a walking-down-the-aisle alternative to throwing rice. Kate Malloy worked with a client whose ceremony officiants shot streamers into the air as the couple walked down the aisle after exchanging vows. “It was visual and unexpected—and it was fun,” she says. Trend: Go High, Low, or with a Bow Wedding dresses with high necks, black accents, and princess seams are on-trend. Elizabeth Dirom of Madeleine’s Daughter in Portsmouth, NH, notes that this year’s dresses run…

Tips & Trends

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More solutions to make your big day the best ever. Tip: Label It. Signage combines beauty and function: it ties together your color palette while identifying food and appetizers. “We love hand-lettered signage at weddings for menus, bar signs and the like,” says Kate Malloy of Malloy Events in Rochester, NH. “It’s personal and a great way to add your wedding colors, either with a colored ink or paper stock.” Trend: Greenery and Garlands on Tables. Lush greenery, from roping to garlands, is as romantic as flowers in wedding décor. Used as elegant table runners or decorating a ceremonial arch,…

Wedding Tips & Trends

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Check out these solutions to make your big day the best ever. Tip: Put a Pin In It. Pinterest is great for collecting ideas and sharing them with vendors, friends and family but when is enough enough?  “Pinterest is a love-hate for anyone who does design work,” says Heidi Hamblett of Flowers by Leslie in Portsmouth, NH. “It helps me figure out what clients want. But once you’ve made a decision, stick with it!” Caterer Peggy Liversidge of Kitchen Chicks Catering in Kennebunk, ME, agrees. “Clients often don’t realize their vision doesn’t match their budget,” she says and works with…