Weekend Weddings

A trend that is growing in popularity is the Weekend Wedding! A Weekend Wedding extends the traditional wedding of ceremony, cocktail, dinner and dancing into a weekend long celebration! Not to be confused with a destination wedding that requires guests to travel far, a weekend wedding could be a location not far from where you live or work. Generally 1-3 hours away; an easy escape for friends and family.

Weekend Wedding venues, like at Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Cape Ann, Massachusetts, offers everything – from sleeping accommodations and games to wedding ceremony and reception area.

Essex Conference Center & Retreat, Cape Ann MA

Essex Conference Center & Retreat

Reasons to have a Wedding Weekend:

  • Ease stress of traveling the day of your wedding. You can wake up, feeling refreshed and not have to spend time traveling anywhere! Plus, your guests can enjoy the night without worries of driving.
  • More time to spend with family and friends. You don’t have to worry about greeting everyone in a short period during the reception – you have all weekend to talk to everyone!
  • Celebration is longer and more enjoyable, allowing you to bond with family and friends.

Discover more and ideas for planning your weekend wedding >

First Kiss

With the strike of midnight hours away, it’s time to give thought to where you’ll have your New Year’s Eve kiss! Will you be swept up in the moment; or do you have a spot you’ll sneak away to kiss privately?!

Capturing your first kiss – or THE kiss – on your wedding day requires just as much thought. Your wedding photographer may have a few must have ‘posed’ ideas to capture a kiss; or perhaps s/he will catch you in a private moment.

Whether planned or not, we found some of our favorite shots from recent Massachusetts weddings:

After ‘I do’: the first kiss as husband and wife is a must have photo for your wedding album!

The First Dance: whether its a impromptu kiss during the dance or the final dip with a planned kiss, this is another must have image!

Cake Cutting: next to the couple, the cake is often a focal point to the wedding day. This kiss is expected by your guests and captures your wedding cake.

Your Venue: not only does this image capture the two of you, it also captures the place you celebrated!

Under the Lights: evening weddings allow for romantic, soft lighting. Whether a posed kiss or not, the image will be full of romance!

A few other favorites…


Find more kissable moments >

Best of 2014 Wedding Trends & Fashions

Many couples embraced their sense of style in 2014! We predict this will grow even stronger in 2015. With that in  mind, don’t be too quick to say goodbye to these 5 popular wedding trends from 2014:

Wedding Reception DressesReception Dresses: Many brides are sticking with traditional gowns when saying ‘I do,’ but then slipping into a second style. From short and chic to long and lovely, brides are embracing fashion and the chance to wear two amazing styles! Options for a 2nd dress/style >


DIY WeddingsDIY Couples: couples are embracing their inner crafty side and getting hands on in wedding planning. You don’t have to be Martha Stewart to DIY! Love to bake? Have a dessert table, baking your favorite treat and asking those closest to you to bring a dish you loved growing up. 8 DIY ideas that can save money while expressing yourself >


Engagement PhotographsEngagement Photos: location, location, location! Couples are picking locations that have meaning. From where they first met to their favorite past time, couples are bringing a personalized feel and memory to their photos, making the photos last a lifetime. 4 trends that will stand the test of time >


Fun Wedding IdeasFun Weddings: couples are not just having a ceremony, dinner and dancing – they are having entertainment, too! It could be as simple as guests’ writing a special memory or advice for the couple to including ethnic entertainment during the reception (think belly dancers or bagpipes) to games and activities for guests to play. 10 hot tips to create a fun wedding >


First LookFirst Look:  Couples are making the first look personal. No crowds – just the couple taking a moment before saying ‘i do’ (with their photographer capturing it all!) Ideas + alternatives to the first look >



The Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Jewelry

You’ve found the perfect wedding gown, now it’s time to accessorize! With many wedding gowns detailed with faux pearls, rhinestones, organza flowers, sequins and other bling, it can be difficult to choose bridal jewelry that will enhance your wedding gown, not take away from it.

Bridal Jewelry: Bracelets, Earrings & Necklaces

Bridal Jewelry DOs:

* Glam it up! Vintage gowns are trending, so is vintage inspired bridal jewelry.

* If your dress has lots of details above the waist or you are wearing a bridal headpiece with bling, go simple.

* Make a Statement. Necklaces continue to be bold and beautiful when the gown has less detailing on top.

* Pearls will always be a traditional staple. The simplicity and coloring of pearls goes well with many traditional styled wedding gowns.

* Bling it on. Bracelets can be slim or wide, simple or extravagant. Just be sure it doesn’t weigh you down!

Discover inspiration and more wedding jewelry trends @ MAWeddingGuide.com >

2014 Wedding Gown Trends

Fashion week as come to an end – but not before unveiling some amazing new wedding gown trends for 2014! If you are getting married in the upcoming year, you are in luck because wedding gowns have definitely gone glamorous. From gorgeous sheer to bold and beautiful crystals, you are bound to find the perfect gown for your wedding day.

2014 Wedding GownsFeatured Gowns ~ top: Mori Lee Bridal: 2nd row: Allure Bridal

MAWeddingGuide.com filled us in on the top 5 wedding gown trends they predict to be stunning styles in the new year:

Vintage Wedding Gowns: glamorous and Great Gatsby inspired gowns featuring Swarovski crystals and lace – beautiful detailing that hug the body.

Big & Bold Wedding Gowns: add sparkle with crystal beading on the bodice, coupled with full skirts in tulle or rich satin.

Lace Wedding Gowns: lace never goes out of style. Find wedding gowns with little or lots of lace – either way, the romantic feel and look is perfect for your wedding.

Sheer Illusions + High Necklines: high necklines were introduced in 2013′s bridal gown trends and continue to grow even more popular. We love 2014′s wedding gown trends that include beautiful sheer to high necklines.

Short & Sassy: the short wedding reception dress is not just for the reception any more! Find amazing T-length styles in lace and full skirts. Perfect for the modern bride.

Need more inspiration? Checkout our favorite wedding gowns from the runway >

Adding Color to your Wedding Attire

When it comes to weddings, it seems to always be about the bride. From what she’ll wear to her rehearsal dinner to the wedding gown (or gowns) that she’ll adorn at the ceremony and reception. But what about the other half?

Grooms everywhere are becoming more and more involved in the day to day planning, and as a result, getting excited about how he will look when he walks down the aisle! Need some inspiration on how to infuse color into your suit or tuxedo? Look no further:

Wedding Tuxedo - adding color

Credits: Peacock Boutonniere, Tuxedo with Purple Tie, Tan Suit with Striped Tie, Grey with Purple Tie, Black Tuxedos with Pink Ties, Grey Tuxedo with Green Tie, Green Converse Sneakers, Colorful Tie, Purple Tuxedo.

One thing to notice in our fun and colorful inspiration board is that the classic black tuxedo with white or black tux and vest is not present! A Black Tie Wedding has its restrictions but is oh-so-amazing with its crisp formality, especially at beautiful venues found in top cities like Boston and NYC. Black Tie is typically held after 6pm and is noted on the invitation. Learn more about dressing for a Black Tie Wedding.

Trending shades of navy, grey and tan are becoming increasingly popular:

  • Navy Tuxedos have been popping up all over the red carpet over the past few years. This look has an elegant feel and is a favorite for a formal wedding on the waterfront. Imagine paired with a Nautical Theme!
  • Tan Suits are an amazing choice for couples getting married outdoors. Also a great choice for a seaside wedding, but also perfect for a garden or outdoor wedding in the spring or summer.
  • Grey Suits and Tuxedos come in so many shades! From a breezy,  linen grey suit for an afternoon summer wedding to charcoal grey for an evening winter wedding, this color is the perfect choice for the groom who doesn’t want to stray too far from classic black.

Regardless of the color tuxedo or suit you choose – grey, tan, navy or black – adding a pop of color is easy to do. Have fun, enjoy. Let your individual style stand out!

Bridal Jewelry

When choosing your bridal jewelry, there are so many factors to consider. We asked Bridal Party Express of Fall River for some of their favorite styles for 2013. From simple and sophisticated to vintage and old Hollywood glam, we love all their recommendations! Which is your favorite?

Bridal Jewelry

Not sure what will look best with your gown? Rule of thumb is the more elaborate your gown, the simpler the jewelry. Afterall, you want the bling of your amazing gown to be the showpiece! Still need help? Checkout the full article on Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Jewelry at RIWeddingGuide.com >

Go Green – Inspiration for Spring and Eco-friendly Weddings

Spring arrived last week – at least according to the calendar! So brings the urge to get outdoors and bask in the sun. Here at MAWeddingGuide.com, it also means lots of New England weddings! April kicks off wedding season so we’re bringing you some springtime inspiration. Checkout what inspiring wedding professionals are offering that not only brings a touch of spring into your wedding, but can also make your wedding eco-friendly.

MA WeddingsMA Weddings - Spring weddings
Credit: Bridesmaid Dress, Table Number with Flower Décor, Favors, Bamboo Favor Coasters, Green Hanging Decorations, Bird Seed Favors, Eco-Friendly Table Setting, Lime Green Shoes and Mr. & Mrs. Chair Signs.

Need more inspiration? Find 4 Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas that are easy to implement, plus find more spring inspiration from local MA wedding professionals!

Wedding Symbols

Most people know that the wedding ring symbolizes unending love or that the white wedding gown symbolizes purity but have you ever wondered about the meaning of some other popularly used symbols? Below is some inspiration you’ll find from our Wedding Symbols Pinterest Board.

Wedding Themes - Symbolically Speaking
Wedding Symbols - Symbolically Speaking

Will you choose a symbol for your wedding? MAWeddingGuide.com has helpful ideas on popular wedding symbols for your MA wedding theme >

The Revealing

It’s a boy – or is it a girl?

Lindsay & Tim’s rustic wedding ceremony and reception are set in the beautiful
Essex Conference and Retreat Center in Essex, Massachusetts (45 minutes North of Boston). Their wedding celebrates more than just their vows and union; but reveals the gender of their upcoming addition to their family.

What we loved:

  • The groom and groomsmen’s strayed from traditional tuxedos and opted for khakis with pink striped ties. The groom stood out from wedding party by adorning a khaki colored vest.
  • The bride tossed tradition to the side, too, by opting for flowers instead of a veil.
  • Bridesmaids were right on trend by not wearing matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses but rather wore peach dresses while the maid-of-honor wore khaki.
  • The Welcome Table included a basket for family and friends to offer name suggestions for their soon-to-be baby.
  • Tiny lights trimmed the reception tent giving a warm and inviting feel. Glow sticks and a campfire light the night as the reception continues into the evening.
  • Cake Cutting turned into more than just cutting and feeding each other. The guests and the couple find out the gender of the baby as they cut into the cake…will it be a pink cake or a blue cake?! Watch to find out…