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Where To Splurge And Where To Save Money On Your Wedding

Brides

Hannah Baker

When you first begin the planning process, without a doubt one of the first things you address with your partner is a wedding budget. It’s essential to know exactly how much money you have to allocate to the things you find the most important for your big day, and dictates pretty much all of your decisions going forward in the planning process. So what areas should you splurge on, and on what areas should you save? We chatted with Julie Guinta, the design director at one of our favorite event design companies, Rye Workshop, for her top tips on where to splurge and where to save money on your wedding!

Where to splurge

Hire an event designer

“I have to say it, hire an Event Designer! If you want your wedding to have a design edge, having someone help you with your vision, guide your decisions, manage your budget and just be your advocate leading up to your big day takes a huge load of you so that you can enjoy being engaged.”

Installations

“Spring for one (or two!) large installs for your reception — over the bar, dance floor, entry to your reception space. Wow your guests with an awesome, memorable, and, yes, Instagram-friendly install! This adds so much to space and allows for you to be conservative on your tablescapes.”

Lighting

“Either a layer of candlelight, bistro lights, pin spots or disco balls! It is a great way to highlight the work that has been done to your space and create a mood. Everyone looks really good with some soft candlelight!”

“Know when to splurge on florals. Yes, peonies are absolutely gorgeous but having them absolutely everywhere can drive up your floral budget exponentially. Go ahead and splurge, but use these stunners sparingly and where your guests can admire them up close.”

Where to save

Paper goods

“Save on paper goods — ie. programs, welcome booklets, menus, etc. Most guests will not read these and the cost adds up. And you save trees! Have an awesome website that your guests can access from their phone and beautiful signage with calligraphy sharing your event details.”

Cocktail hour

“It’s an hour long and people are busy catching up and getting cocktails. Have an awesome bar arrangement and use your money where your guests are for the most amount of time, the reception.”

Welcome bags and bathroom baskets

“I have seen so many clients spend a good amount of their budget supplying their guests with bottles of water, small snacks, wedding-centric first aid kits, and items branded with their wedding logo. Most of your guests come prepared for the weekend. No need to supply things that they probably already have in their luggage. If you’re set on having a branded gift, think of a cute phrase instead of your initials that will live past the weekend.”

“Opt for mix-and-match table decor. A vintage wine glass, colorful dessert plate, beautiful napkin or cool table number can add color, design, and texture to your table, and you don’t have to find all one type of glass—just work within your color pallet. Facebook Marketplace is a go-to option for finding great treasures in your local area for less. And you can sell those things back on Marketplace after the event to add a little extra money back into your budget.”

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.

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

18 Wedding First Dance Songs That Aren’t At All Cheesy

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, and hopefully some great music.

HuffPost

Brittany Wong5/16/2018

It isn’t easy to find a wedding first dance song that speaks to who you are as a couple and hasn’t been played a million times before.

Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York, recommends focusing on two things if you’re currently stuck on deciding.

“Focus on lyrics first. As a couple, you want to find a lyric that speaks to who you are together,” the DJ said. “Second, you want to find a sound and a tempo that’s easy to dance to ― especially if you plan to invite your friends and family to join you out on the dance floor.”

Need further inspiration? Below, Swatek and other wedding DJs offer their top recs for first dance songs that are romantic and unique.

  1. Sade ― “By Your Side”(Neptunes Remix)

“The lyrics, the vibe. It just makes you feel like no matter what, you love each other and will stand by each other unconditionally.” ― DJ Crystal, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles

  1. Nelly Furtado — “Feel So Close”

“A Calvin Harris cover. It’s a pretty song and the original is a classic party banger so it maintains a lot of that fun.” ― DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles

  1. Alicia Myers ― “I Want To Thank You”

“This song really encapsulates what the struggle feels like to find true love and the pure gratitude felt once it’s finally found. It also has a funk and R&B element, which naturally leads into a first dance set for your guests.” ― Nicole Otero, a DJ at TCM DJ Events in New York City

  1. Xavier Omar ― “Blind Man” 

“The beat and lyrics ― about how his partner is so much more that her physical appearance ― is perfect for a wedding.” ― DJ Chuck D Supreme, a DJ in Los Angeles, California 

  1. Led Zeppelin ― “All My Love”

“It’s a classic rock song, which is a little different for a wedding.” ― DJ CeeLos, a DJ in Southern California  

  1. Corinne Bailey Rae ― “Is This Love”

“The cover of Bob Marley has a smoky and romantic feel, but she sings it with such a beautiful vulnerability in her voice. It’s perfect for a couple starting their new journey together.” ― Ross Anderson owner of Bela Sono Music in Fairfax, Virginia 

  1. Chris Stapleton ― “Tennessee Whiskey”

“The pace makes it really easy to slow dance to. It’s not for everyone but for some, it’s extremely relatable and feels tailor-made just for them.”  ― DJ Isaac, a DJ at VIP DJ Entertainment in Los Angeles

  1. Lykke Li ― “Unchained Melody”

“This is a fresh and unique take on possibly one of the most classic love songs of all time. It’s slow and somber but full of passion. This song is great for couples that are true romantics.” ― Joey Farese of Electric Entertainment DJs in Los Angeles 

  1. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ― “Home”

“I would have to say my favorite first dance song is ‘Home’ by Edward Sharpe. I really like it because it’s more upbeat and has a very fun, loving tone.” ― Stephen Vaughn, a DJ at Backthird in Chicago

  1. Matthew Koma ― “Years” (acoustic)

“I love when a couple picks a song that’s really meaningful to them, whether or not it sounds like a traditional first dance song. You can typically find an acoustic version if the normal version is too high-energy, like this acoustic version of the original.” ― Sean O’Hare, owner of PDX DJs in Portland, Oregon 

  1. Lana Del Rey ― “Lucky Ones”

“It’s a song that really isn’t on any lists, and the words are spot-on and very deep.” ―Allen Walker, owner of Big Daddy Walker Productions in Milford, Ohio 

  1. Pink Martini ― “Let’s Never Stop Falling in Love”

“It’s a triple crown song: lovely, upbeat and romantic.” ―Bernard Moore, owner of Rockin’ It DJs in New York City 

  1. Prince ― “Adore”

“We pretty much love everything Prince. The lyrics are perfect and you get that added funk that only Prince can bring to a track.” ―DJ Rockwala, a DJ at 5 Boro Sounds in New York City

  1. Ray LaMontagne ― “Let It Be Me” 

“With its simple production, focusing on the acoustic guitar and vocals, Ray LaMontagne’s ‘Let It Be Me’ really speaks to the ‘for better or worse’ vows you make on your wedding day, and to your promise be there for one another, together through it all.” ―Bri Swatek, owner of Spinning With Style in New York

  1. Van Morrison ― “Someone Like You” 

“It’s a classic that’s not overplayed.” ―Dave Mancini, a DJ in Southern California 

  1. John Mayer ― “XO”

“A great Beyonce cover (though you can’t go wrong with the original). If you prefer a more ‘romantic,’ acoustic style for your first dance, John Mayer’s version still sounds beautiful. It’s a perfect fit for a first dance.” ―DJ Jack Farmer, a DJ in Los Angeles

  1. Michael Jackson ― “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”

“I am a huge fan of upbeat and super fun first dances, so this one of my favorite songs to recommend. The lyrics are perfect for the occasion and the song is also great to dance to. Everyone in the room will be tapping their feet.” ―DJ Keelez, a DJ in Los Angeles 

  1. Felix Jaehn ft. Jasmine Thompson ― “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”

“This gives a more sensual twist to this classic song, that radiates hard on a summer night. When you want to show your guests (and the world) that you love each other but are willing to dance the night away on a moment’s notice, this song is the perfect blend of that.” ― DJ Flobito, a DJ in Los Angeles

This article originally appeared on HuffPost

 

Everything You Need To Consider When Choosing A Tent For Your Reception

Here is another great article on the advantages of tented weddings. Exeter Events and Tents offers The elegant Sailcloth tent, or a clear tent for your reception under the stars. 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.

One of the more popular venues for bride and grooms who want to be outdoors but don’t want to fall subject to the weather are tented receptions. The best part of throwing your party inside a tent is that it’s totally customizable — unlike the landscaping or layout of a garden or the interior of a hall or estate. If you want to pitch the biggest party of your life in a tent, here’s what you need to consider beforehand. *

Tents are whatever you want to make them. From size to flooring and even climate control (need heat or extra AC? No problem!) the options are endless when choosing a tent. There are, however, a lot of things to keep in mind when shopping for the place you’ll party as Mr. and Mrs. First, unless you’re hosting a reception in a private backyard, you must ask your venue’s location if a tent is allowed and where they recommend it’s set-up. If the venue confirms that it is allowed, then ask if they work with a particular tent vendor or have a few recommendations — tent prices can vary and you’ll want to ensure you find a reputable dealer. Most of all, don’t forget that everything added on to a tent — whether its bathrooms, sound systems, generators, ground cover, dance floor, permits, etc — will come at an extra cost, so be sure to accommodate the necessities in your budget and compare prices across companies. Lastly you better go see the tent before you order it! No one needs a hidden surprise on the day of their wedding.

75 Most Romantic Wedding Songs of All Time

Planning a wedding in 2018-2019? We can help make your special day an event to remember. Exeter Events is ready when you are so give us a call today.

Brides

Kristi Kellogg

 

Whether you’re going sleek and glamorous or bohemian and whimsical for your wedding, there’s one thing either affair will need: a generous helping of lovey-dovey, romantic wedding songs. These will bring out all the feels and make the reception feel like a giant love fest.

Naturally, all of these tunes can be played as a first-dance song, but they can also make it into the set list for your wedding band or on the must-play list for you DJ. Who wouldn’t want to include slow dances like Eagles’s “Best of My Love,” Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight,” and The Beatles’s “Something”? Continue reading

25 PLACES WHERE WEDDINGS COST A FORTUNE

Planning a wedding in 2018-2019? We can help make your special day an event to remember. Exeter Events is ready when you are so give us a call today.

The average wedding cost in America is over $30,000 — but here’s where couples spend way more than that.  Continue reading

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress Could Be Designed by British-Based, Kate Middleton–Approved Brand Erdem

 

 

Time for some more Royal Wedding breaking news! Wedding gown alert.

Brides

Andrea Park

With just six weeks to go, it seems the list of questions we have about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s wedding is growing longer by the minute. Who will be Meghan’s maid of honor? Will the Spice Girls really perform at the reception? How many of Harry’s exes will be in attendance? And, perhaps most pressingly, what will Meghan’s dress look like? Though there’s a good chance we won’t find out the answers to any of those until May 19, that hasn’t stopped lovers of all things royal from speculating—and now, they’ve got a new, pretty believable theory about which designer Meghan has chosen to dress her on her big day. Continue reading

Backyard Wedding, New Hampshire

This tent lit up as the sun went down at this backyard wedding in New Hampshire. The modern look of the silver chivari chairs and gray linens were brightened up by yellow flowers and napkins, leaving guests filled with joy.

Items Rented:

Tent

Cocktail Tables

Dishes, Linens, Glassware

Farm Tables

Silver Chivari Ballroom Chairs

Round Tables

Café Lights

Wine Barrels

Dancefloor