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It’s Time to ‘Fall’ In Love…

Fall – the third season of the year, when crops and fruits are gathered and leaves fall. A season categorized by the changing colors of leaves, crisp air, and fantastic wedding opportunities. Capitalizing on the red, orange, and yellow hues of Fall paired with the nature of the season, we have compiled your go-to guide for planning the perfect Fall wedding thanks to our Maine Wedding vendors.

Cake: With a cake titled “Fall Leaves Wedding Cake”, it’s no wonder we suggest Wedding Cakes by Jennifer for your Fall dessert centerpiece. Using real elements of the season, Wedding Cakes by Jennifer captures the essence of Fall in a tasty way.

Decor: Fall is all about nature and its beautiful wonders. Get in touch with nature at your wedding, courtesy of Maine Event Design & Decor. Host your wedding in a wooden barn for the perfect Fall aura and Maine Event Design & Decor with add the perfect finishing touches from twinkling lights resembling a crisp Fall night beneath the stars to the deep red drapery resembling the beautiful Fall leaves.

Location: The Woodlands Club makes it easy to surround yourself with the season. With their velvety green landscaping and the surrounding woods of Maine, this private country club sets the perfect backdrop for your Fall wedding.

Wedding Favors: Fall is apple picking season and what better way to celebrate than with caramel apple wedding favors? Simple Delights specializes in gourmet candy apples and other delights, offering tasty and timely wedding favors.

Flowers: The perfect floral ensemble is essential to set the scene for your Fall wedding and that’s why we suggest Sawyer & Company. Fall Fantasia, Burst of Autumn, and Fall Brights are just a few of the Fall bouquets they have to offer for your Fall wedding.

Thank You Cards & Invitations: El’s Cards does Fall justice. With six options for handcrafted Fall themed thank you cards and three equally beautiful options for Fall themed invitations, you’re sure to fall in love.

 

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Steps to Creating Your Fairytale Wedding With Maine Wedding Vendors

“Steps to Creating Your Fairytale Wedding With Maine Wedding Vendors”
At Maine Wedding Association, we fully believe dreams do come true and we love to have a hand in making your dreams your reality. With that in mind, we are here to remind you that nothing is impossible on your wedding day! If you’ve ever dreamed of living a fairytale, here are the steps to making your wedding day a day in the life of royalty…

Step One: Hope your fiancé proposes with a princess-cut diamond. If he needs a recommendation, we suggest Day’s Jewelers - With 100 years of experience and five locations in Maine, they are sure to meet your royal needs.

Step Two: Dress the part. Dream Dress Bridal carries the Disney Princess line by Alfred Angelo for a truly royal ensemble.

Step Three: Adorn yourself in the imitation jewelry courtesy of Cinderella Jewelery - From emeralds to rubies, you’re sure to feel like royalty.

Step Four: Choose a wedding bouquet in true royal fashion. Mimic the royals with a wedding bouquet composed of lilies, hyacinths, ivy, and myrtle – just like Kate Middleton! Providing quality flowers and service since 1887, Harmon’s & Barton’s Flowers has been around for many royal weddings and is dedicated to fulfilling your wedding wishes.
Step Five: Say “I Do” in a venue fit for a Queen (and King!). When it comes to choosing your royal venue, you have choices. One location is The Governor Hill Mansion, which we consider the equivalent of a modern day castle. Other options include King’s Hill Inn or the Royal Oak Room at Ironhorse Court - besides their beauty, their names exude royalty!

Step Six: Depart in style. Right out of Cinderella’s storybook, Maine Horse Drawn Services will whisk you and your prince charming away in a horse drawn carriage.  
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Finding Your Wedding Style

Your bridal gown is an extension of your personality and who you are – plus, it will be documented in photographs till death do you part! That’s why finding the ideal wedding dress is essential.Whether you want to feel elegant, youthful, stunning or anything in between, our local bridal gown vendors will help you find the dress of your dreams to present the best image of yourself and feel comfortable in your own skin…

With hundreds of gowns to fit brides and budgets of all sizes, The Henry’s Bridal Boutique & Formal Wear will tailor their search to your needs, not stopping until you have found the gown that makes you say, “I Do!”
Dream Dress Bridal is well-suited to find the wedding gown of your dreams – it even says so in the name! Their mission? To make sure every bride looks and feels the very best she can no matter her budget, age, shape, or size.Since 1999 it has been the goal of Bridals by Sandy to personally assist brides and their wedding parties in selecting the perfect wedding ensemble. With 15 years of experience and over 500 dresses in stock, their expertise and inventory is sure to suit your tastes without sacrificing quality and design.

 Maine Coast Weddings & Special Events, Mid coast Maine’s one-stop bridal shop, understands that you must love your wedding dress (almost) as much as your groom! That’s why they don’t settle for brides simply liking their dress, the search isn’t over until they hear, “I love it!” With a wide range of dresses to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find “the” dress with their expert guidance. 
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Five Wedding Elements Perfectly Appropriate for Summer

Five Wedding Elements Perfectly Appropriate for Summer

1. Sandals – Sandals are a staple for summer. When implemented in your wedding, their cute comfort allows you and your guests to dance the night away.
     *Take it a step further for your summer beach wedding – No shoes? No problem! Opt for foot jewelry instead.
2. Lemonade Stand – You don’t have to rely on Throwback Thursday to bring back this childhood favorite. This refreshing summer beverage is perfect for a summer wedding any day of the week.
3. Sunflowers – With “sun” in their name, it’s as if these vibrant flowers were made for the summer wedding season.
4. Evening ceremony – Let the season be a part of your decor and use the sunset to your advantage with an evening ceremony that lends itself to a cool night perfect for a reception beneath the stars – talk about romantic! (And it’s all free!)
5. Bohemian dresses – We love this style all year ’round, but it seems to fit perfectly with it’s light material that flows beautifully in the summer breeze.
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Save The Date – And Your Appetite!

Save The Date – And Your Appetite!

Guests attend a wedding for the happy couple, but they stay for the food! In Maine, where staples like lobster and blueberries are infamous, food is taken very seriously. That’s why choosing your wedding caterer is no joke.

Take a look at some of our hand-picked Maine Wedding Vendors that are guaranteed to make your guests’ mouths water and leave them saying, “Yum!”:
  • Whether you’re looking for buffet style dining options or a three course meal or anything in between, Mine Oyster caters to your needs – literally!
  • To indulge in a Maine cuisine classic, enjoy the offerings of Foster’s Clambake & Catering. Enjoy a Foster’s famous New England clambake that comes with sides of excitement and fun!
  • To add some serious taste to your wedding, check out Pete’s Pig Southern Barbecue. Don’t be fooled, from pulled pork to salmon to prime rib, their fare goes beyond barbecue. No matter what dishes you choose, they’re guaranteed to be delicious!
  • When searching for dessert, look no further than Gelato Fisco! To make your wedding unique all you have to do is choose the flavors (or even create your own!) and they’ll do the rest – sweet & simple!

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Make Your Wedding Sweet & Sugary

Your wedding is all about having your cake and eating it too! The cake is a focal point of the wedding reception that has no easy task – it must be dressed to impress (just like the bride!) and tasty to boot. That’s why it’s essential to choose the perfect one.
Take a look at these Maine Wedding vendors that create cakes that look almost too good to eat:
  • With over 10 years of creative, customized designs, Got Cake? specializes in designer cakes perfect for your wedding. Our mouths water as we scroll through their endless cake flavors from red velvet to chocolate mocha to Italian cream. Pair one of their decadent flavors with a custom design and you’re guaranteed a crowd pleaser!
  • Whether you’re looking for elegant and traditional or playful and contemporary for your wedding cake, Starlight Custom Cakes has it covered. With the slogan, “Where cake and sugar become edible art!”, Starlight understands the necessity of a creating a cake that tastes as good as it looks.
  • A 2014 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award winner and voted 2014 Best of Weddings by The Knot, Heavenly Designs Bakery declares its cakes homemade pieces of heaven. Made from an original recipe passed down through five generations, these cakes have given them their “heavenly” and “delightful” reputation. Along with cakes, find tasty treats for your wedding ranging from edible favors to gourmet cupcakes to Italian pastries. Yum!
  • Baking since she was a little girl, Jennifer, of Wedding Cakes by Jennifer, has mastered the art of baking and designing cakes. With a love for sharing her creations with people celebrating milestones in their lives, Jennifer creates handmade masterpieces with a personal touch for a sweet (literally) and sentimental cake.

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Planning The Bridal Shower

What girl doesn’t like a great party and receiving tons of presents? It’s in our nature! We love it, and your bridal shower should be no different. These days, bridal showers have taken on new levels and are more fun than ever before. Traditionally, brides had their bridal shower and the groom had his bachelor party. Today, brides want in on the fun, and are not afraid to go after it.

The bridal shower is traditionally planned by the Maid of Honor. She can either put together a lovely afternoon luncheon filled with champagne and presents or she can go even further and plan a bridal shower that competes on the same level as the boys.

Here are a few different ideas for the shower:

  1. Sail away! Instead of another girl’s night out, make it a girls weekend away. Don’t limit your shower to a measly four hours when you can make it last for days! Plan a weekend in the snow if it is the season and the bride would enjoy it. If she is a more fair weathered maiden then why not head to the beach? This trip will be relaxing for everyone and a great bonding experience for all of the girls. It will be one of the last trips that the bride will take without her newly beloved.
  2. Learn something! If traveling is not really her thing, then maybe an activity filled bridal shower is the way to go. There are a hundred different activities that you can plan for the shower including a cooking seminar a gardening lesson or maybe make it risque with a pole dancing class. Activities are engaging and they make the experience unique and memorable. A cooking class would be great for a bride that wants to learn how to better cook for her new hubby. An in-home wine tasting gives the girls a chance to gab away, while learning a thing or two about the grape. Remember, make it something that everyone invited can partake in. It will be very uncomfortable if anyone is left out.
  3. Better together! It is possible that the couple wants to have a couples shower. In this case, the shower is going to be more like a dinner party or cocktail party. There will still be gifts, but instead of focusing on the bride, these gifts will be for both the bride and the groom. The guests will be male and female, and any activities will be centered around the couple, rather than just the bride. Today, many couples enjoy these showers as it is always fun to be showered together.
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Wedding Planner or Venue Coordinator

A common question is whether a wedding planner and venue coordinator are the same thing. No, not at all. Here are the differences between the two.

A wedding planners only priority is making sure your wedding runs smoothly and blows you and your guests away. They offer various levels of service. Usually, they plan almost every element of the wedding, start to finish. This allows you to have someone on hand throughout the process and you don’t have to stress.

A venue coordinator usually responds to the initial inquiry and shows you around the venue. They are the point of liaison between the couple and on-site operations team. You do not have as much contact with them, where there only responsibility on the actual wedding day.

That said, a wedding planner has greater vested interest in every aspect of your wedding because they are working for you. They are well versed in sourcing services through tough negotiations on your behalf, seeking the most bang for your buck.

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Wedding Cake Trends 2013

Trends come and go all the time, so let’s take a look at the wedding cake trends for this year!

  • Naked Wedding Cake- Go au naturel on the outside and have the icing in between!
  • Ombre Wedding Cake- This trend is taking the wedding world by storm. Add a romantic feel with pastel shades or add an unexpected twist to your reception decor!
  • Metallic Accents- Make a striking centerpiece or shimmer and shine to your dessert table.
  • Wedding Cake Pops- Veer off the traditional path and make a statement with a new kind of wedding cake.
  • All about the icing- Make your icing take center stage, use vibrant colors or striped layers.
  • Wedding Cake Ruffles- A delicious work of art!
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Father-Daughter Wedding Songs

There are so many options for father-daughter wedding dance songs. And it’s important to choose one that is meaningful to both of you! Here’s a list of some popular father-daughter dance songs:

- “Daughters” John Mayer

- “Dance With My Father” Luther Vandross

- “Isn’t She Lovely” Stevie Wonder

- “Because You Loved Me” Celine Dion

- “Butterfly Kisses” Bob Carlisle

- “My Little Girl” Tim McGraw

- “My Father’s Eyes” Eric Clapton

- “The Way You Look Tonight” Frank Sinatra

- “My Wish” Rascal Flatts

What’s your father-daughter wedding dance song of choice?

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