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phoca_thumb_m_z058By Isabel Hicks –

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – for a wedding! If everyone comes together at this time of year, so why not make the most of it and celebrate your nuptials, too? We love a Christmas wedding here at Wedding Ideas, so here are some of our favorite theme ideas to get you in the festive spirit… Follow the link for the complete story

New England venues help plan and host your perfect wedding or reunion

Promises have been made and friends have been phoned. Now it is time to plan your wedding or other celebration, from family reunion to welcome-home party. When choosing a wedding venue the first step is the couple’s taste. Will this be a traditional, formal gathering at a Maine or Connecticut waterfront resort? A casual party at a converted barn or public gardens in Vermont or New Hampshire? Wedding vows on a yacht off the Massachusetts coast or in a hot air balloon above the mansions of Newport, Rhode Island? New England’s resorts, hotels, inns and other wedding venues are ready with the wedding planning expertise.

New England venues for wedding and celebrations can help you plan every detail: rehearsal dinners; lodgings for guests; buffet or sit-down dining in a ballroom or on a patio; exchange of vows in a garden or a chapel; and all the many other wedding details: music, food, flowers, photography, and on and on. They can find you a justice of the peace or offer the amenities for a quiet elopement, like wedding license, accommodations, an intimate dinner, flowers, and wine. They can help you plan your wedding budget.

The most fun of all this is imagining the glorious settings that New England can offer: an Oceanside resort in Martha’s Vineyard; a historic inn or high-rise luxury hotel in Boston; a storybook country setting in Litchfield, Connecticut, or the majestic mountains of New Hampshire. Plenty of options are listed at the link below. Find a location that stirs your heart and contact these wedding planning experts. They know what you need and how to make it happen. We work with many of the outside venues, hotels, parks and historical sites in Down East Maine, New Hampshire and Northern Mass. Producing elegant tenting, staging, flooring, tables and chairs along with outstanding assortments of table settings and linen supply. We can help direct you personally to the perfect out door wedding venue(s) for that special event.



6 Crazy Wedding Stories That’ll Make You Feel Way Better About Your Big Day

After reading these stories a root canal sounds like a great idea instead of attending these 6 weddings. Every once in a while we like to examine the “dark side” of weddings if nothing else they bring a smile to our faces and thank our lucky stars that it didn’t happen to us. Loverly.com has a lot of these types of stories that we post from time to time. So if you like this one feel free to follow the link and read some more. Do you have a similar story? We would love to hear it. Let us know and we will add it in a future post. Continue reading

Oct. 10 Events Show Power of 10/10/2010

What’s in a date you may ask? In a word, “events” take the most important day or special event in your life and tie it into a unique date and make it even more memorable. With 10/10/2010 just ten days away let’s take a look at how popular this day will become for many folks across the country. This big date is just around the corner but now is the time to prepare for 11/11/11 it even falls on a Friday. Let us know what special event you have scheduled for 10/10/10 or are you now thinking about 11/11/11 for your next big event. As always we are here to help you with your arrangements, we are here to help, so visit us today at www.exetereventsandtents.com for all your event needs. Continue reading

An urban country wedding

I had the pleasure reading is amazing story the other day. It came to me as a recommendation of the writing skills of the author Nicole Baute. The recommendation was from another author, a client of mine for many years. He had said to me “when you read this author’s work you are transformed by the words to the places and events she writes about”. As a bestselling author I listen, he knows good writing when he reads it and this article is no exception. Be sure to read the whole article the ending is unbelievable! Continue reading

So you’re wondering why a wedding vendor would educate you on how to negotiate with a wedding vendor, right?

The following article is spot on and can make all the difference in the world in getting what you need without experiencing unnecessary pain, disappointment and unexpected expense at can ruin that perfect day. Exeter Events and Tents works closely with our clients, assigning qualified planners who truly work for you. Why? A good amount of our new business is with old clients and their referrals. That’s just the way we like it! We appreciate the trust they have in our abilities and never take it lightly. We are always ready to help and waiting for your call but before you do feel free to check out what our clients have to say about our award winning service. As always, enjoy the article.

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Thanks from The Granite State Quest

Dear Ashley, 

Two weeks ago, over 100 riders took to the roads of southern New Hampshire to participate in the 8th annual Granite State Quest – A ride to conquer cancer.  I am pleased to report that it was a wonder and successful day.  You may recall that July 10th was during one of those hot spells, not to be confused with the hot weather of the past few days.  In addition to the heat, there were some pretty good rain storms throughout the day.  Thanks to Exeter Rent – All with its generous donation of 3 tents the riders were able to find shade or get out of the rain when they circled back to Timberland after each of the 3 loops they rode throughout the seacoast.  Without the tents, our post ride barbeque for riders, volunteers, friends and family would not have been as enjoyable, as the rain returned on a few occasions during the celebration. 

Exeter Rent- All has been a wonderful supporter every year and thanks to your in kind donation and that of other local business, we are thankful and proud that 100% of the funds raised by the riders go directly to pediatric cancer research and patient care at The Massachusetts General Hospital.  Our fund raising efforts thus far have totaled $75,137 and we are hopeful to reach $100,000 which will result in an eight year total of over three quarters of a million dollars.

Thanks again and please extend our appreciation to the entire Exeter Rent-All team. 

Bruce Taylor
Co-Founder – The Granite State Quest

Always a groomsman never a groom

Let’s take a look at the most forgotten group at a wedding, the groomsmen. Oh yea the true work horse of any wedding and  dedicated organizers of the pre-wedding festivities. If not for these band of merry men, led by the best man, who would make sure the bachelor party had plenty of food, spirit, and  entertainment. Not to mention making sure the ring and groom made it thru the bail hearing on time to get to the church? But I digress….

So I submit for your approval an article I found on bride.com full of wonderful advice on how the groom can keep these merry men on track and looking sharpe while they perform their thankless duties of being good groomsmen.

Check out the great links in this article they lead to other fine articles from brides.com. Just more Tales from the web see you again on the web. Continue reading

You Want Me To Wear What?!?!?!?!?!

I have been to enough weddings that my wife was a bridesmaid in to have a closet full of what I like to refer to as clown dresses. Really, how many purple and fuchsia dresses does a girl need anyway? Here is some practical advice to keep any bridezilla at bay and save some money in this unforgiving economy at the same time. Enjoy and please share your experiences with us in the comment section at the end of the article we would love to hear your stories.

Bridesmaids on a Budget

How to cut the costs of being an attendant and still do right by the bride

Heather Wax had never been in a wedding before. So when her old chum Elise asked her to be a bridesmaid, the 24-year-old San Franciscan felt honored. Heather’s thrill waned, however, once she calculated the costs. There were the dress and shoes, hairstyling and manicure, cross-country flights and hotel rooms, the expenses of a wedding shower, a bachelorette party, and gifts. In fact, certified wedding consultant Michelle Hodges, of San Jose, CA, estimates that the average bridesmaid will spend upwards of $1,000 in the months preceding the big day. Continue reading

Don’t Feed The Blogger!!!!

The best  part, for me, of being a guest at a wedding? Other than celebrating the big day with the happy couple of course is, the food. I can never seem to get enough. A good caterer can make or break the wedding reception so here are a few great tips offered up by Bride Magazine that are tried and true. There are three important sections to this post along with a valuable work sheet at the end that you can down load and take with you on your quest for the perfect caterer. Oh one last thing… did I mention I am a great wedding guest? Bon Appetite!!!


Research first

Book your reception site before hiring a caterer. Keep in mind that many banquet halls have exclusive (or “preferred”) relationships with in-house caterers, which may limit your ability to work with an outside company. Check before you interview outsiders.

Menu matters

Plan to set up your menu at least six months in advance. If you’re marrying during peak wedding season (June-October) you may have to order it even sooner, especially if you want a big-name caterer.

Seek out referrals

Ask friends and family for recommendations, and talk to brides in your area. Once you find a caterer you like, speak to satisfied brides and ask for references before you sign a contract.

Set priorities

If having a large number of people at your reception is important to you, scale back on the refreshments. On the other hand, if gourmet food is a priority, then keep your guest list to a manageable size or restrict your bar offerings to wine and beer.

Buffet or banquet

Do you want a five-course dinner menu with individual wine pairings? Or is a barbeque buffet more in keeping with your wedding theme? Consider your personal style to determine what will work best for you.

Special requests

Are there dietary needs (vegetarian, kosher) to consider? Make sure your caterer has experience preparing these types of dishes.

Set the scene

Bring in photos of your dress, reception site, and flowers—anything that will give your prospective caterer a better sense of the type of reception you have in mind.

Tasting time

If the caterer is offering a complimentary sampling, be sure to clear the number of people you can bring beforehand.

How to save money

Daytime affair

Opt for a wedding brunch or luncheon reception instead of dinner, which is typically much more expensive.

Cocktail hour

Skip the full meal and celebrate with tasty refreshments instead—an option that works best for a celebration after a 2 p.m. ceremony (not dinnertime). Or host an afternoon tea or a late afternoon/early-evening cocktail reception.

Course cutting

If you have your heart set on a seated meal, cut back the number of courses from five to three.

Smaller selection

Ask guests to select their meal preferences on the RSVP cards so caterers can plan ahead, or choose a pasta or protein dish that you think has the broadest appeal.

Top quality

Keep the menu simple and focus on quality ingredients. Ask your caterer to use in-season produce from local farms.

Kid friendly

Order an inexpensive kids’ menu for the children’s table at your reception. Chances are they’d much rather have a cheeseburger and fries than foie gras, anyway.


See if your caterer will let you bring your own liquor. (Be sure to ask about corkage fees.)

The basics

Limit your bar offerings to wine and beer. Liquor (especially premium bands) can add a wallop to your bar tab.

Size matters

Keep your guest list to a manageable number.

What to include in your contract

  • The date, time, length and location (include specific room or hall) of the reception.
  • The date by which you need to supply the caterer with a final headcount.
  • Type of food service (buffet, cocktail reception, seated meal).
  • Your approved menu and courses.
  • Alcohol arrangements: Does your caterer have a liquor license? Can you supply your own wine? Will there be a corkage fee? What brands and vintages will they be serving? Can you return unopened bottles? Will there be an open bar? (If so, specify the hours.)
  • Server specifics, including staff-to-guest ratio and dress code.
  • The cost of renting equipment, silverware, glassware and linens.
  • Arrangements for feeding other wedding vendors (photographer, band, planner).
  • The name of the banquet manager who will be overseeing the reception.
  • Price quotes for food and maximums on unforeseen menu expenditures; cancellation and overtime fees; deposit and refund policies; payment schedule; extra fees including gratuities and sales tax; and the total estimated cost.

What to Ask…

Choosing the right vendor comes down to asking the right questions.

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