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5 Ways to Eliminate the Stress of Planning a Wedding

From the moment a date is set for your wedding, it’s easy to get wrapped up in every detail that comes with your big day. Sometimes, that excitement can even turn into stress and you may find that, during your short time being engaged, you felt anxious due to all of the things on your to-do list. First, take a deep breath…..

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Now, check out five ways to get rid of stress when planning for your big day.

Organize Your Goals

There are tons of wedding organizational tools at your disposal that help you break down what to plan for and when for your wedding day. The key is to break down your goals into more manageable monthly and weekly goals. Even if your goals overlap, breaking them up into bite-sized tasks will help take the stress away from the larger event.

Delegate to Your Tribe

Just because you have a specific vision for your wedding doesn’t mean you should take on each task by yourself. Your parents, future spouse, in-laws, and even your wedding party, are all ready and waiting to help you when you need it. In fact, they may even feel a little left out if you forget to ask them for help with all of the wedding planning duties. Let your friends, family, and professionals help you when you’re getting too overwhelmed. When you need someone to babysit your dog, you call a friend. When your dishwasher breaks, you call a professional repairman. So why wouldn’t you call upon your tribe when planning your wedding? Most importantly, don’t try to do everything on your own.

Hire a Professional Wedding Planner

From finding the venue and creating the invitations to choosing a dinner menu and a color scheme for a whole wedding, it will get a little hard to manage everything on your own. This is especially true if you, your family or friends don’t have any experience with planning a wedding. Some tasks are best left to the professionals. Even if your chosen venue has an event coordinator and an in-house catering team, investing in a professional wedding planner to be by your side throughout the entire process will help elevate the stress. You will be amazed at how much weight will be lifted off your shoulders.

Don’t Get Bogged Down on the Details

The amount of detail that goes into planning a wedding can be extremely overwhelming, especially if you want to customize every detail. Keep in mind that at the end of the event, the most important part of the day is that you married the love of your life, the details are secondary. Try to prioritize the most important details that you want to focus on. For the details, consider either the minimalistic approach or the “standard route”. Some of the less important details may include the music the DJ plays during the off periods, what types of chairs for the ceremony and reception, what the tablescapes look like, and what type of beverages you serve.

Take Care of Yourself

Self-care is important and even more so during planning a wedding. Try to take some time each day, or at least each week, to focus on your mental clarity and physical health. Pamper yourself with getting a massage or spending the day at a spa, getting your hair done, connecting with your friends to discuss non-wedding things, do something fun, eat healthy, be outside and take time for physical fitness. It’s more than wanting to “look” your best on your wedding day, you want to make sure you feel your best too.

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12 of the Best New England Lake Venues

Selecting the perfect lake setting for your wedding

Looking for an idyllic setting for your wedding, but trying to stay local? Consider the beauty and elegance that can be captured at one of New England’s lakeside wedding venues. No matter the intended size of your event, New England is home to a variety of venues that may suit your needs, from the massive Lake Champlain (Vermont) to the petite Lake Duncan (Lakes Region, New Hampshire).  Before touring the countless lakes located throughout the region decide on the mood of your weeding. If you are looking for upscale and elegant, you may consider one of the vast number of well-established venues offering numerous amenities along side the picturesque landscape. Perhaps you seek a more rustic and charming location that is more about you and your beloved vowing before family, friends and nature, there are numerous sites that offer quaint New England hospitality just right for nuptials.

6 of New England’s Spacious Lake Venues

The Woodbound Inn – Lake Contoocook


Rindge NH
 – This venue has been an Inn serving travelers to New Hampshire since the late 1800’s, finally adding the Edgewood Banquet Hall in the 1980’s. This venue offers extensive grounds on the shores of Lake Contoocook and overlooking Mt. Monadnock. Weddings can be held in a variety of areas throughout the property using tents (weather dependent) and out buildings, or in the main facility using the banquet hall. Guest rooms, restaurant, pub and recreational activities are available for all during their stay. www.woodbound.com

Mountain Top Inn & Resort – Lake Sherburne

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Chittenden, VT
 – This incredible mountain venue affords multiple ceremony sites, 700 private acres, meadows, woods, gardens, and mountain views that change with the seasons. With mountain themed lodgings, guests can choose from rooms, cabins or guest houses, all overlooking Lake Sherburne, one of the largest in the area. You may choose the rustic barn, lakefront beach pavilion or one of many outdoor options for the ceremony and reception. https://mountaintopinn.com

Spring House – Spring Lake


Block Island, RI
 – While most of Rhode Island relies on the ocean for water front activities, there are a variety of lakes and ponds located within the state as well. Most of these are for recreational purposes only, not housing formal buildings or offering events calendars. Spring House, with Spring Lake on its properties offers the best of coastal views and seaside charm, from lake to ocean. www.springhouseblockisland.com

Interlaken – Lake Wononscopomuc


Lakeville, CT
 – This venue provides exclusive weddings, with a “one wedding per day” policy to ensure each party is the focus on their special day. Making up the Inn and grounds is 30 acres of English cottage-style gardens, lake views, and seasonally inspired farm to table menus. Spa services, and special “romance” packages are also available. https://www.interlakeninn.com

Lake Pearl Wrentham – Lake Pearl


Wrentham, MA
 – Overlooking an immaculate 128-acre lake, Lake Pearl Wrentham includes 15,000 square feet of flexible event spaces, many with water views, and 25 acres of expansive lawn and private beach that create a unique New England destination event and wedding venue. Each wedding experiences a unique, private entryway, separate indoor/outdoor cocktail spaces, personal bridal suites, dedicated bridal attendants and access to romantic grounds, gazebos and beaches for inspired wedding pictures. http://www.lakepearl.com

Bear Mountain Inn & The Barn – Bear Lake


Waterford, ME
 – Boasting plenty of rustic charm, this facility is hip and modern while providing the natural charm inherent to the setting. Located at the base of Maine’s White Mountains, this venue can accommodate up to 150 guests, and offers a tented outdoor option May through November for up to 250 guests. www.bearmtninn.com

6 of New England’s Cozier Lake Venues

Chocorua (Church) Island Chapel – Chocorua Island, Squam Lake


Holderness, NH
 – A truly unique site for weddings, this island once housed the country’s first resident boys camp. Since 1928 this island has been under the management of the Chocorua Island Chapel Association and offers regular Sunday morning worship services from June through September. The association allows limited use of the island for wedding ceremonies and other religious uses. No alcohol is allowed on site. www.churchisland.org

Lake Morey Resort – Lake Morey


Fairlee, VT
 – Feature packed, and amenity rich, this resort sits on pristine Lake Morey and is surrounded by the green mountains of Vermont. From intimate affairs, to large scale events, there are options for all, both indoors and outdoors. Offering 130 guest rooms this location can be the site for a wedding weekend, as water sports, on-site dining and an 18-hole golf course are available to guests. www.lakemoreyresort.com

Monponsett Inn – Lake Monponsett


Halifax, MA
 – Located minutes from Boston’s South Shore, this waterfront wedding venue provides an idyllic scene for wedding celebrations. Offering both indoor and outdoor options, the venue features an outdoor gazebo, lakeside dock and indoor meeting and ballroom spaces to accommodate parties up to 220 guests. Wedding packages are available and offer flexibility in planning. www.monponsettinn.com

The Pavilion on Crystal Lake – Crystal Lake


Middletown, CT 
– The Pavilion on Crystal Lake offers beautiful indoor and outdoor areas for your wedding day, accommodating up to 200 guests. Use of the wedding suite is included in the event fees. There is also a Lake Cottage that is also available for rent providing all the comforts of home including a full bathroom, full kitchen, and plenty of space for getting ready.

The Lodge at Moosehead Lake – Moosehead Lake


Greenville, ME
 – Located in the North Woods of Maine, this Private Inn is surrounded by woods, fields, and stunning lake and mountain views. Specializing in small weddings and elopements, this location has a handful of lodge rooms, and carriage house suites. www.lodgeatmooseheadlake.com

Blithewold – Narragansett Bay


Bristol, RI
 –Providing the perfect backdrop for summer weddings, this beautiful mansion and garden venue provides sunset views of the Narragansett Bay from one of many terraces or covered porches. The venue includes a forty-five-room mansion, rebuilt in 1908 in the English Manor style. Lush flower gardens, water gardens and rock gardens dot the landscape making this a luxurious and exquisite site for your “I Do’s”. www.blithewold.org

A Beautiful Location Awaits You

New England is riddled with picturesque scenes, from mountain views, secluded woodland and lush farmlands, to breezy oceanside sands and relaxing lake front cottages. You cannot go wrong with any of the options, but when a relaxing lake shore wedding is what you seek, it’s nice to know that you can find just the right option here in New England. Not all lakeside venues are the same, coming in a wide range of sizes, locations and amenities. Visit some of these unique treasures to get a better feel for your style and vibe.

 

 

 

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12 of New England’s Best Small Wedding Venues

Cheers to a more intimate wedding!

Whether you have already committed to an intimate wedding or are just considering moving away from the large “event of the year” type celebration, there are many positives to consider. Besides being more budget-friendly, smaller weddings can provide a more relaxed atmosphere allowing for greater opportunity to engage with guests, sharing private moments and special memories. In addition, scheduling tends to be more flexible and customized allowing the happy couple to have exactly what they dreamed of for their big day.

Of course, cost savings also translate to less food, more fun and festivities for those that are in attendance. So, if you’re sold on the intimate wedding option, consider some of our favorite small wedding venues across New England.

16 Bay View – Camden, Maine

https://16bayview.com

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Guests with 40 to 50 guests can make use of The View, the venue’s intimate rooftop terrace which offer breathtaking views of Camden Harbor and the Camden Hills. A banquet room option is also available for larger group up to 100 guests. This venue is a one-of-a-kind 21-room boutique hotel located in downtown Camden amongst galleries, fine restaurants and boutiques, and is the only Luxury Boutique Hotel in the area.

Inn at Mystic – Mystic, Connecticut

https://innatmystic.com

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The saltwater breezes abound, with views of the Mystic Harbor and Fishers Island Sound. In addition to the several wedding options from tent to patio, the venue also offers up the Haley Mansion for vows to overnight stays for your small group. An Intimate Wedding Package is available for a ceremony fee and per person cost.

Woodstock Inn & Resort – Woodstock, Vermont

https://www.woodstockinn.com

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One of Vermont’s most scenic, romantic and luxurious destinations, the Woodstock Inn is located at the heart of the town and offers indoor and outdoor event options. Its charming historic appeal compliments the inspiring view of the Green Mountains, making it perfect for intimate ceremonies, with a spectacular setting for wedding photos.

Inn at Ellis River – Jackson, New Hampshire

www.innatellisriver.com

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A great spot for your group of 20-25 guests. This setting provides a scenic backdrop in New Hampshire’s white mountains, with several options for the ceremony. Whether you want your vows to take place in front of a blazing fireplace on a winter day, or in the garden hugging the gazebo in the late days of spring, the Inn at Ellis River can accommodate. Packages starting at less than $2,000.

Harbor Light Inn – Marblehead, Massachusetts

https://www.harborlightinn.com

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This quaint locale is perfect for elopements or weddings with up to 30 guests. Situated on the coast in the seacoast town of Marblehead (in Massachusetts Bay’s North Shore,) the venue provides classic 18th century architecture, along with period finishes and handcrafted furnishings. The Inn offers packaged enhancements, for guests in their 20 guest chambers.

Ocean House Resort – Rhode Island

http://www.oceanhouseweddings.com

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This large, Victorian-style waterfront hotel was first erected in 1868 on Bluff Avenue in an historic district of Westerly, Rhode Island. Perched atop Watch Hill, this venue provides stunning ocean views, and lends itself perfectly to both indoor and outdoor weddings. In keeping with the cuisine of the shore guest may decide to include an authentic clambake or lobster boil. The wedding party and guests can choose their amenities from offered rooms, suites and cottages.

Sebasco Harbor Resort – Sebasco, Maine

https://www.sebasco.com/weddings

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This larger seaside resort offers couples a choice in venue. From formal and upscale to laid back and breezy, there is a spot just right for most. Most options can accommodate 75 to 100 guests. The resort offers many activities to keep your guests busy, including waterfront restaurants, golf and tennis, boating and of course a waterfront spa.

The Goodwin – Hartford, Connecticut

www.goodwinhartford.com

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According to weddingwire.com, the Goodwin is a one of a kind boutique hotel providing urban style, while retaining elements of its history, heritage and tradition. From a very small gathering to larger scale weddings, this venue has rooms that can accommodate. If you are looking for upscale or formal setting, but still want to keep the event intimate, this is a must see.

Basin Harbor – Vergennes, Vermont

https://www.basinharbor.com/weddings

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Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain, the Basin Harbor offers several unique rooms and gathering spaces for parties ranging from intimate to bountiful. Whether looking for an outdoor wedding with a beautiful Adirondack Mountain view or a quiet and cozy ceremony by the blazing fireplace, Basin Harbor gets it right. For those couples looking to make a whole weekend affair, they also have all sorts of events such as bonfires, hayrides, golf outings, croquet tournaments, and cocktail cruises.

Ashworth by the Sea – Hampton, New Hampshire

https://www.ashworthhotel.com/weddings

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For your intimate wedding up to 100 guests, the elegant Rose Room should be on your list to visit. From unique and gourmet menus to customized wedding packages, the options are almost unlimited. The hotel sits on the beach and offers guests a variety of rooms overlooking the water, with and without balconies.

Publick House Historic Inn – Sturbridge, Massachusetts

https://publickhouse.com

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If you are looking for rustic colonial charm, this site will fit the bill. From the barrel-vaulted ceilings to the wall of window seats, you’ll be transported back in time. More modern and unique options are also available when you choose the Garden Gazebo or the Hillside Arbor for your vows. An onsite catering team can work with your wedding planner to create just the right menu for your guests.

Newport Vineyards – Newport, Rhode Island

www.newportvineyards.com

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Newport Vineyards offers distinctive spaces, all surrounded by a historic vineyard built by the sea. Couples may choose to say “I Do” amidst the grape vines, overlooking the ocean from the Porch room or taking in the aroma of recently uncorked wine from the wine cellar. A variety of nooks and cranny’s which make up this venue make it the prefect options for most any group. There is also an option to include custom wine labels featuring photos of the couple, and personalized notes to the guests.

Certainly, New England provides a picturesque backdrop for your wedding no matter the season. Because weather can be a factor for your big day, be sure you see the venue of interest during the time of year in which you plan to get married. While the seaside mist may be just what you had in mind when visiting in July, it may not provide the right environment for your October wedding. Ask each venue how they adjust for rain, snow or extreme wind. Be sure you are comfortable with their Plan “B” before committing to it. Now go and tour New England!

 

 

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4 Wedding Favor Ideas

Favors are making a comeback!!

You read that correctly, they made it onto the list of what’s trending in 2019! I know, you think I’m lying and yes, some still consider it an expense that can be eliminated. If you do decide to give your guests a little something to remember your wedding, make a statement.

Your guests will appreciate taking something home that they can use within their daily lives.

We’ve got you covered

Our friends over at Forever Wedding Favors have an array of different items that you can choose from. Here are some of my favorites {that I would be excited to get} to help you get started:

Wine Bottle Stopper

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Who doesn’t love a good bottle of wine? We sure do! This elegant, sleek, durable wine stopper will capture the hearts of your guests with your practicality and thoughtfulness. It’s beautifully packaged in a clear and black box wrapped in a pretty white bow. It will remind them of the love they witnessed and shared with you on your wedding day.

Bottle Openers

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I know, unicorns don’t scream bottle openers, but it just may to your female guests/friends who love beer… you know the ones!

These adorable, well crafted bottle openers are small enough to carry on a keychain or in a handbag for quick access. They may just make your girlfriends smile and be giddy with laughter every time they see it. This could be an ideal gift idea for your bridal party, bridal shower or bachelorette party.

Coasters

coasters

One can never have too many coasters.

So, if you’re feeling generous with your budget or having an intimate wedding where you want to give your guests a really special gift, these unique, stunning glass celestial coasters would fit the bill. The beautifully painted constellations will leave your guests feeling over the moon and “under the stars” from your wedding.

Candle Holders

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Looking for some eye catching mercury colored glass candle holders to add some romantic ambience to the room/tent?

These beauties in blue and gold {yes, there is a color pattern going on here} will take your breath away and make an impact with your guests. They would be perfect spread around your wedding decor to add a bit of flair and elegance.

There are so many items to choose from! All of the above items come in other design and color options to fit your theme, personality or decor. Check them out!

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7 Ways to Decorate Your Ceremony Aisle

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Walking down the aisle in your wedding dress should be one the most momentous and heartfelt parts of your special day. Although other aspects of the ceremony, like the chairs where guests will be seated, the flower arrangements in the altar, and the kind of service to be conducted, take precedence when couples envision their ceremony, however, the ceremony aisle is just as important and deserves thorough consideration. After all, as a bride, you will be walking down it twice.

It is hard to choose what look will better suit your wedding mood and/or vision. How would you want to decorate your ceremony aisle? Will it be in classic white, flower-filled, or serene?

Knowing the vibe of your wedding can help you decide on your ceremony aisle design easier. Make your ceremony aisle worthy of your grand entrance with these inspiring and gorgeous ideas.

Flower Petals

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Create a dreamy look by doing something different from the usual petal-lined aisle. Channel your inner creativity by giving this classic decoration a fresh twist.

Think of an eye-candy swirl that will draw the eyes or a mesmerizing pattern or monogram in the color scheme of your choice. Make the scattered petals look extraordinary by adding fall leaves, feathers, and fabric to give a dynamic accent to the setting. This idea will give you the whimsical atmosphere you may have always wanted.

Dazzling Lanterns

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If you want something romantic, then a garden wedding in the evening can be transformed into something magical with the addition of dazzling lanterns. The trend nowadays is to dress up mismatched lanterns with burlap and lace. The result is a rustic vibe to your wedding, setting the perfect mood for the ceremony.

Beach weddings can make use of wooden lanterns and shells lining up the aisle. There is no better way to bring a fairy tale to life than these.

Flower Clusters

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When you are blessed with a stunning view at your wedding venue, then it does not take a lot to decorate the outdoor space. A pop of color here and there can achieve the sweet and charming look.

In every other inner aisle chair, fix a cluster of large flowers like dahlias and roses for a sweet springtime vibe. You can also add satin sashes to achieve a quiet, elegant look. Of course, you can be as creative and as experimental as you’d like to be on your flower clusters. The important thing is to make sure they blend well with your theme.

Wonders of Mason Jars

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Mason jars are a thing these days and they are not going away any time soon. Beautifully decorated mason jars with flowers and ribbons can be the needed accent on the side of the chairs if you do not want to clutter the aisle. You can fill the jars with colorful bouquets or petal cones.

Big-petal flowers like peonies are also a good choice. You can also go for a rustic look with mason jars accented in burlap instead of ribbons and filled with lovely bouquets of flowers.

Elegant in White

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Who does not like an all-white wedding? Nothing screams formal and vintage wedding more than the color of white everywhere does. This classic theme has been around for ages and does not seem to show signs of disappearing.

So, if you want to showcase a timeless look, go no further than white blooms like delphiniums and roses accented by wild ferns to line your aisle. White rose petals can do the trick as well. However, if a clean, fresh finish is what you are looking for, a white lace runner can transform your aisle into a breath-taking sight.

Personalized Aisle Runner

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A custom aisle runner is just the perfect touch you need to make your wedding truly your own. Personalize your runner with elegant emblems featuring your names, or choose artful designs that run the length of your chosen fabric.

Others may take this to the next level by incorporating their love story within the runner. But if you are feeling less candid, go instead for a large monogram, references to a favorite literary piece, or a significant quote to embellish your aisle runner. For outdoor weddings, a custom-built wooden aisle surrounded lush greenery, verbena, and sedums makes a powerful statement.

Flower Lined Aisle

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Flowers are a staple in every wedding. There is nothing more whimsical than walking down the aisle lined with colorful blooms. While fresh flowers are always a good idea, there are other ways to capture this certain dreamy look as well.

Think of pastel-colored paper blooms for a cute and creative way to line your aisle. Or go the extra mile by choosing flowers made of silk to decorate your aisle. Elegant silk flowers are glamorous, less expensive, and easy to set up without worrying if they will wilt quickly.

Make It Perfect

Making your wedding ceremony memorable can depend on a lot of factors, from the music to the decorations. But once your guests have taken their seats and the wedding march starts, the center of attention turns to your ceremony aisle, setting the overall mood for the heartfelt ceremony. It is where you take the steps to forever, so you may as well make it truly unforgettable—something you both will remember with a smile many years down the road.

While the aisle matters a lot, it is also important to match your and your future spouse’s personalities and also jive with the atmosphere you want to set. Coordinate with your wedding planner to achieve the look you are aiming to save on time, money, and effort. This is your wedding day, so you deserve nothing but the best.

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