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THE BRIDAL INDUSTRY IS SLOWLY MAKING STRIDES IN SIZE INCLUSIVITY

Fashionista Magazine has an encouraging article by Fawnia Soo Hoo.

The Fall 2018 Bridal Week runways showed support for body-positivity, which will hopefully make for a more size-diverse wedding dress shopping experience.

On the heels of the Spring 2018 New York Fashion Week runways making significant progress in support of body-inclusivity, Bridal Week designers are slowly, but surely, embracing size-diversity, too.

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Rustic Wedding at the Exeter Inn

Rustic is in! Our gorgeous farm tables and walnut cross back chairs are certainly the focal point of this style; the simple wedding white dishware delicately complement the floral centerpiece without distracting the eye.  A sailcloth tent is the perfect setting to house this look.

Seaside Wedding in Cape Neddick, Maine

Cape Neddick plays a lovely host for this seaside wedding. The couple stands under a driftwood arbor, with the ocean behind, as guests in natural wood garden chairs witness the union. The reception utilizes our clear frame tent, to allow for full appreciation of the seaside view. Here we see rustic farm tables paired with white wash cross back chairs, and navy blue napkins to enhance this simple nautical theme.

Fairytale Wedding at Josias River Farm Cape Neddick, Maine

This fairytale wedding took place at the lovely Josias River Farm. The happy couple enjoyed the dark wood farm table for the head table, while the guests were seated at round tables covered in crisp white linens.  The gold chivari chairs add a touch of sophisticated whimsey to the overall palette. The café lighting is all but invisible during daylight hours, but once the sun descends, the sailcloth tent will glow like a firefly, lending elegance to the enchanted evening.

Venue: Josias River Farm

Photographer: Sarah Morrill

Planner/Designer: JD Design

Flowers: Kinship Floral

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18 Insider Wedding Tips For A Stress-Free Day, From Invites To The Open Bar

Here is a general set of tips we found by Debbie Carlson that can make the big day be as problem free as possible. Everything is covered except the wedding tent, tables and chairs. That is where we come into play. Give us a call we would love to be apart of your big day. We service Maine, New Hampshire, and North Shore of Massachusetts.

By Debbie Carlson of the Chicago Tribune

Planning your wedding should be fun and fabulous, but for many people, it’s one of the most stressful things they’ve done. Don’t get frazzled — we’re here for you. We rounded up some top wedding specialists to give you insider tips that are on trend, with real advice to help you decide what to do and what not to worry about, so you can focus on a wedding that will be the talk of the town for years to come.

THE DRESS

White is no longer mandatory. Subtle colors like blush and champagne are trending and give gowns a vintage feel, said Lori Conley, senior vice president of merchandising, product development and design for David’s Bridal. The minimalist bride may choose a gown whose silhouette, draping and unique details are the stars. Necklines are changing this season to show more shoulder. Nontraditional brides are choosing short dresses and jumpsuits, Conley said.

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Marriage Licenses & Certificates: Everything You Need to Know

Here is some must have information on Marriage licenses and required certificates. When it is time for you to get married give us a call we service Maine, New Hampshire, and North Shore of Massachusetts.

Brides Jaimie Mackey

What’s the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate? A marriage license is what you get first, and it’s basically an application to be married. When you’ve filled it all out, had your ceremony, gotten it signed and your officiant has turned it back into the county, then you receive a marriage certificate that proves, in fact, you are married.

Here’s everything you need to do, step-by-step, to get (and complete) your marriage license, and subsequently, your marriage certificate.

Step 1: Set a Date and Place for Your Wedding

Before you can apply for a marriage license, you need to know where and when you’ll be getting married. Why? Because you typically must file your marriage license application in the county in which you’ll be getting married.

Furthermore, marriage licenses expire. Some, for example, expire after 90 days. If you’re planning your wedding one year in advance of the date, then, you must wait to apply for the marriage license until some point within the final 90 days before the wedding, or you’ll have run out of time to use the marriage license and end up having to apply all over again.

On the other hand, you can’t wait until the very last minute either, because many states require you to go through a waiting period before getting married. In Texas, for example, you must wait at least 72 hours before getting married after you apply for a marriage license to get married, meaning that if you put this off until two to three days before the wedding, the license wouldn’t even be valid yet.

Once you know when you’re getting married, you can plan your visit to the county clerk accordingly.

Step 2: Visit the County Clerk

The easiest place to go for your marriage license is the county clerk’s office. Make sure you carve out a couple of hours for this, as there may be a wait. You can even try to make an appointment before you show up so that you don’t have to wait too long. You and your significant other must both be present at the time of the marriage license application.

Here’s everything else you need to be prepared for during your visit to the county clerk:

  • Make sure you don’t show up empty-handed, as you’ll both need to show proof of your identity. Each state’s requirements are a little different, so be sure to check with your county clerk before heading in to find out what they specifically require. Typically, however, you’ll need a driver’s license or passport, but you may also need a birth certificate.
  • Some states even require a witnessfor the marriage license application, so be prepared to ask a friend (who has known you at least six months) to tag along.
  • You will also need to know some information about your parents. You will need both your parents full birth namesbirthdates, their birth state, and dates of passingif applicable.
  • If it’s not your first marriage, you will also need to bring your certificate of divorceor the death certificate, respectively, as proof you are able to legally remarry.
  • If you’re under 18, you’ll need to bring a parent to provide consent.
  • There is a fee to apply for a marriage license, typically between $35 and $150depending on your state and county (yet another expense to add to your wedding budget).
  • If you are a planning on changing your name, now — during your visit to the county clerk to apply for your marriage license — is the best time to do that. While you will still retain your maiden name until you actually get married, this will let the court officially know what your new name will be. Not only do you need to know what you want your official last name to be, but your middle name, as well. You have many options, of course: You can keep your name the exactly the same. You can take your partner’s name (or vice versa). You can hyphenate your maiden name with your partner’s last name. You can replace your middle name with your maiden name. Heck, the two of you can legally even make an entirely new last name. If you haven’t decided if you’re going to change your name, you can, of course, wait until a later time. However, if you wait, the only way to alter it down the road is through an official name change, which costs hundreds of dollars (and yet another visit to the county clerk). So, if you can figure out what you’d like to do beforeobtaining your marriage license, it’ll save you time and money down the road.

Once you’ve proven your identity, turned in your paperwork and paid your fee, you’ll be granted a marriage license. Some states will hand you the marriage license right then and there, but others will mail it out to you within a few days.

Step 3: Get Signatures From Your Officiant and Marriage License Witnesses

Now that you have your marriage license, it’s time to gather up some signatures. While the requirements for signing a marriage license vary from state to state, most require signatures from the following people.

The Couple

Naturally, the couple must be present when it’s time to sign the marriage license post-ceremony. It’s better to get this taken care of early on, before the party gets going and the drinks start flowing. This is one wedding detail you do not want to forget!

The Officiant

Whoever legally performed your ceremony, whether it was a judge, a religious leader, or a friend ordained for the day, must also sign the license. There will be a line for them to sign their name, as well as specify their title or ordination. But note: There are a few states (Colorado, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and parts of Pennsylvania) where you can self-unite or self-solemnize your marriage, which means that not only does the officiant not need to sign your marriage license, you don’t have to have one in the first place!

Two Witnesses

These could be your parents, your maid of honor and best man, or any other friends you nominate for the honor. They must be physically present and, well, witness the two of you signing the marriage license. In most states, the marriage license witnesses must also be over the age of 18. Typically you will need two witnesses, but in some states you only need one.

Step 5: The Officiant Turns In the Completed Marriage License to the County

After the ceremony, it’s the officiant’s responsibility to turn the marriage license back into the county clerk, either by mail or in person. After that, you’re all set! Depending on where you live, you will either be mailed a certified copy, or you will need to go in person to pick up certified copies (in which case, prepare yourself for another fee.

You might be wondering, though, why you even need these copies if it’s all official. You’ll need certified copies of your marriage certificate for a number of things. For example, you may need to send copies of it to change your marital status for insurance (car, health, etc.), Social Security (if you’re changing your name), your credit cards, your bank accounts, and the IRS, to mention just a few.

Wedding Ceremony At Wells Reserve At Laudholm Farm

Our white wash cross back chairs really stand out in this gorgeous wedding ceremony at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, perfectly framed by the huge, ancient tree.

A lovely display sits atop our dark wood bar to enhance the natural beauty of this outdoor wedding.

Venue: Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm

Photography by: Henry + Mac

Items rented:

white wash cross back chairs with white cushions

dark wood bar

Clear Tent Wedding At Hamilton House, Berwick, Maine

Our clear sided sailcloth tent leaves nothing to the imagination, boasting an elegant white wedding style reception. The walnut cross back chairs and silver matte satin runners add to the classic charm of the table, while our etage flatware frame the wedding white dinner plates neatly.

Venue: Hamilton House

Photographer: Mat and Ash (mat-and-ash.com)

Wedding planning by: She Luxe Wedding and Design

Items used:

Sailcloth tent with clear sides

Walnut cross back chairs with white cushions

Banquet tables

White poly linens

Silver matte satin table runner

White poly linen table cloths

White poly napkins

Etage flatware

Wedding white dinner plates

Classic water goblet

Classic wine glass

Classic champagne flute

10 MAINE BARN WEDDING VENUES

HARDY FARM – FRYEBURG, ME

This fabulous venue brings details of modern elegance to barn weddings. With white wash walls and classic chandeliers Hardy Farm’s Barn offers a perfect background for any color scheme or style. The barn also has a unique upper level balcony where your guests can mingle for an intimate cocktail hour.

BEECH HILL BARN – PITTSTON, ME

The magnificent Event Barn can accommodate 240 standing room and 140 for a seated dinner. The Country House can accommodate up to 14 guests and there are local amenities in the near-by village of Wiscasset and the cities of Gardiner, Hallowell, and Augusta. Some of the additional property features include a pool with a sculpted breath-taking view, a retro-modern stone fire pit, and of course, the panorama view of Maine countryside. Be sure to check out this Maine Wedding Barn!

MARIANMADE FARM – WISCASSET, ME

A working lavender and flower farm on the banks of Sheepscot River, Marianmade Farm offers much more than just a venue with on-site floral design work. From a waterfront ceremony site to timber frame event barn, the farm incorporates all the beautiful aspects of Maine. It feels charmingly rustic but has all of the modern amenities that your guests could want

LAUDHOLM FARM – WELLS, ME

Known for it’s historic restored barn, Laudholm Farm is the perfect location for a secluded rustic wedding. Surrounded by astounding views and just a short walk to the rocky Maine coast, this venue provides a simple & romantic backdrop for your dream day. Its sunny-colored, comfortable farmhouse makes having your wedding here feel like coming home.

THE BARN AT FLANAGAN FARM  – BUXTON, ME

Overlooking views of a six-acre cleared pastured, this beautifully restored barn has all you can need and more! Features include a bluestone patio for outdoor cocktail reception, gentlemen’s hayloft lounge, and an attached bar. This three story barn has 2,400 square feet of entertaining space — not to mention the gorgeous attached farmhouse available for you and your entire wedding party! Details such as the whimsical and sophisticated chandeliers make this barn venue the perfect combination of rustic & chic.

GRANITE RIDGE ESTATE & BARN – NORWAY, ME

Are you deciding between a mountain-side ceremony and a rustic barn reception? With Granite Ridge Estate & Barn, you don’t have to choose! This spacious barn is equipped with a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a jaw-dropping panoramic view that truly showcases Maine’s beauty at it’s finest. Located in Norway, Maine, Granite Ridge is the perfect getaway to ensure a relaxed and peaceful wedding day.

LIVE WELL FARM – HARPSWELL, ME

Although built in the 1840’s, Live Well Farm is newly renovated and is one of the up-and-coming barn & farm venues in Maine. With it’s original post and beam structure in tact, this charming barn will provide the perfect atmosphere for a rustic wedding with a farm to table feel.

THE BARN ON WALNUT HILL – NORTH YARMOUTH, ME 

Designed to fit a variety of guest list sizes, this venue’s authentic charm and gorgeous lighting is the definition of elegance. With a classic Maine farmhouse attached, this rustic barn is going to be one of the top on your list.

STONE MOUNTAIN ARTS CENTER – BROWNFIELD, ME

The Stone Mountain Arts Center offers not one but two beautiful timber frame barns to host your wedding all year round. Back dropped by a beautiful stand of windows and raised stage, this location provides the ultimate setting for your ceremony and reception. If you are thinking of doing a buffet style dinner, the buffet porch located off the Main Hall has two entrances so you can feed your guests in a matter of minutes without having the food be part of your picture. Eye catching and convenient, this venue is perfect for your rustic country wedding.

1812 FARM – BRISTOL, ME 

Known for it’s traditional historical elegance, the 1812 Farm is the perfect location for an inside or outside wedding. With beautiful lawns, pond, and fountain along with an 18th century restored barn this location has it all. If you are looking for a classical charm to woo your guests, this barn venue is perfect for you.

MOUNTAIN HOUSE ON SUNDAY RIVER – NEWRY, ME

Located on the Western Maine Mountains, this is an ideal location for the adventurous and outdoorsy couple. Make your wedding a weekend event with just minutes away from Sunday River’s Ski Resort. Their gorgeous open deck patio is perfect for cocktail hour or dancing the night away.

LINNELL FARM – OTISFIELD, ME

Located on the Otisfield, this property has beautiful views of the Mahoosuc mountain range. The history of Linnell Farm has always been a gathering place for life’s big events. Enjoy it’s rustic nature and extreme hospitality of it’s owners Tammy and Steve.

5 WEDDING TRENDS TO LOOK OUT FOR IN 2018

Here is a great article on 2018 Wedding trends by Mindy Weiss. She is worth the follow if you are involved in planning a wedding.

Exeter Events And Tents offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a coastal clear tent for your wedding or event. We service New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore of Massachusetts. Give us a call and find out how the Sperry experience will make your outdoor tent rental carefree, so you can concentrate on enjoying your big day.

MINDY WEISS/ PLANNING ADVICEINSPIRATION

Hi friends! Can’t believe we’re already well into 2018! Time sure is flying. As I do every year, I love to predict what trends will be big in the wedding world for the upcoming year. I take inspiration from the runway, home décor trends and, of course, what my current clients are asking for. With that in mind, here’s what I think will be a few of the biggest wedding trends in 2018:

  • Gift lounges for destination weddings. Rather than favors, many couples doing luxury destination weddings are opting for a gifting lounge – a small, styled area with a variety of small gifts and snacks for guests to choose from. It’s such a memorable and thoughtful experience for guests.
  • Colored Candles.Candles will always add such a cozy ambience to any wedding. But this year, instead of the standard white and ivory candles, I think couples will add a splash of color to their décor accents. Candles in striking colors on your tablescapes or peppered throughout the event space are such an easy way to add something unexpected to your décor.
  • Italian Inspiration.I predict couples adding a touch of Italy to their weddings over the next year. Italian linen tablecloths and napkins in a variety of colors will make things feel more luxe. I also think Italy will be a popular pick for destination weddings this year. While beach and island locales are always popular, a destination wedding in Italy is a great European getaway for family and friends.
  • Amaranthus –It’s baaack! Just another example of how trends can come back around. So many couples are asking to incorporate Amaranthus in their décor. The cascading plant gives floral pieces a lush feel and the bold color adds some interest.
  • Greenery –Clear tents with greenery installations instead of fabric treatments will be a huge hit for outdoor events next year. Using greenery adds that natural element and makes things feel so organic and crispy. Perfect for spring and summer weddings!

 What wedding trends are you most excited for in 2018?

xox,

Mindy