A beautiful scene at the Seacoast Science Center as one of our tents is lit-up under the night sky. A wedding mixed with this view of the water makes for a romantic evening indeed!
Watercolors with gold accents throughout The Thompson Inn brought the venue to life during this ceremony. The purple table runner that peeked through the greenery combined with the flickering gold candles matched the cake perfectly, giving the atmosphere the feel of nature blooming.
This graceful cake, the banquet tables, and even the chivari chairs were decorated beautifully with various types of flowers at this ceremony. Subtle pops of purple throughout the room perfectly accented the flourishing feel of the surrounding greens.
Cake: Frost This
Beautiful greenery surrounded guests at this farm wedding in Jaffrey, NH. The weather was warm, but the tented reception allowed everyone to cool off in the shade until the sun went down and they danced the night away. How perfect!
This tented reception had a beautiful mix of blues and whites and was planned in accordance with a vision of a mid-20th century wedding. The slight view of the water in the background brings out the blues even more as they are perfectly placed along dark farm tables.
Caterer: The White Apron
This intimate ceremony was held on the end of a dock, where the bridal party and family surrounded the bride and groom in stunning cross back chairs. The rest of the guests watched from the lawn where tents strung with café lights, and dancefloors set-up underneath would soon be home to a celebration.
Few things can define your wedding reception quite like your music selection. So, if you’re getting married in the near future, you need to pick the best of the best wedding songs from 2017 to truly set the tone. As if you weren’t already stressed out enough from picking out your incredibly heartfelt first dance and father-daughter dance songs, you also have to consider your playlist for the rest of the reception. The pressure’s on to please the crowd and keep your guests tearing up the dance floor (because nothing puts the fun in weddings quite like a good dance sesh).
Whether you rented a live band or went the DJ route, it might seem like the easy way out to delegate the music choices to these vendors, but you’re better than that! Having a say in your reception songs falls on the same level of importance as selecting your dinner menu(yes, it’s THAT big of a deal). While your estranged cousin Bob will probably still request constantly overplayed wedding tunes like “Shout” or “Sweet Caroline,” give your reception a present-day vibe and keep the energy alive with our picks of the 47 best wedding songs from 2017. From upbeat pop favorites to romantic first dance tunes, these beats will keep friends and family on their feet (uncomfortable high heels tossed to the side and all) and make your reception one for the books. Continue reading
A couple of years back, I flew to Paris for the wedding of a dear friend. I spent untold amounts on plane tickets, staying in a little boutique hotel in the Marais, and all the obligatory gallivanting, eating, and drinking this type of trip inspires. We danced until 7 a.m. and watched the sunrise over the Seine. Emotionally, it was extremely worth it; financially, not so much. A freelancer at the time, I came home to a bright-red negative number in my bank account and immediately started hustling for gigs, any gigs.
Why am I telling this story? Because I’ve since learned that weddings — even ones where you have to fly to Paris — don’t have to be a financial burden on the guest. There’s an oft-cited survey from The Knot that found guests spending an average of $118 on a gift, $321 on travel, $322 on accommodations, and $81 on attire, with a grand total of over $800 spent per guest on each occasion. If you analyze these costs, you’ll find many avoidable expenses. Continue reading
Married: June 2016
“I had been taking dance lessons and scuffed the bottom of my shoes, so painting the bottoms pale blue seemed like a great way to spruce them up for our wedding day and incorporate that tradition. I had it done at our local cobbler on 71st Street.”
Married: August 2017
“My mother and my older sister wore this garter on their wedding days. I remember it from when I was 8 or so — I took it out of a white linen drawstring bag on my mother’s dresser and asked her what it was. She didn’t give it to me until my actual wedding day, though.” Continue reading