Colorful Wedding Inspiration

Want to add a bit of color into your wedding? Find inspiration on Pinterest from MAWeddingGuide.com & RIWeddingGuide.com. Their latest board is full of recent pics from Massachusetts and Rhode Island wedding professionals, as well as inspiration from many others. Checkout one of their latest boards on Adding Color to Your Wedding:



Credits: Pink Feather Fascinator from TheWeddingOutlet.com; Blue shoes from Live, Love, Beauty; Red Flower in hair from Revelry Invitation Studio; Bride with red shoes & petticoat from Wedding Window; Bride with teal birdcage veil from Diaz Digital Discoveries; Flowergirl with purple sash and flowers from Party Dress Express; Aqua Foot Jewelry from TheWeddingOutlet.com; Pink tie from Chiffon Formal; Bride with pink petticoat from It’s a Bride’s Life; Bride with red shoes from Jen Osojnicki, Photographer.

Need more ideas? Be sure to checkout 6 Ideas to Incorporate Color into your Wedding Day Attire

Veterans Day Wedding Winners

All over the world, couples are marrying on 11/11/11 as the date is believed to bring good luck, but in the United States 11/11/11 also happens to be Veterans Day, so military couples getting married on this day are finding it especially significant.

The day is particularly special for Waltham couple U.S. Air Force Tech Sergeant Andrew Limes and Lauren Joyce.  The pair competed against other military couples and won an all expenses paid Veterans Day wedding plus honeymoon by the Westin Copley Place valued at $100,000.

The competition will now be an annual event and I think it’s a great way to honor our military.

Congratulations to them and Happy Veteran’s Day!

Read their entire story at Wicked Local Waltham or watch the wedding video.

Real MA Wedding: Betty & Kenneth

“Just like with everything else, Ken and I knew right away that the venue we had chosen was “The One.” It was only the second venue we saw, but it was the perfect setting for us! The ECCR is a unique venue and some of its amenities really stood out to us.  For example, there are 20 guest rooms on-site, walking trails, cool artwork, as well as fun amenities such as a hot tub, sauna, and Fire Circle”  - Betty

The couple said I do outdoors beside ECCR’s lily covered pond.

The wedding color scheme featured shades of purple and green, perfect for a summer wedding.

The ECCR features two spacious contemporary designed buildings that are set on eighteen private acres surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land. They will accommodate an indoor reception or house your overnight guests.

Photos courtesy of the couples wedding website.

Real MA Wedding: Lauren & Allen

New England is known for its seasons, Autumn being one of the most beautiful. This lovely couple decided to wed in late October when Massachusetts offers some of it’s best natural beauty. Lauren & Allen chose  The Essex Conference Center & Retreat  to celebrate their nuptials which is a perfect spot for a Fall Wedding as its ”tucked amidst 18 acres of white pines and oaks, less than a mile from the ocean and surrounded by 250 acres of conservation land.” (ECCR) Photographer Stephen Govel does an amazing job at capturing the couple’s special moments and taking advantage of their beautiful surroundings at ECCR.

Photographer: Stephen Govel
Venue: Essex Conference Center & Retreat

“What’s on Brides’ Minds” Survey Results Released

The David’s Bridal’s fifth annual “What’s on Brides’ Minds” survey provides a glimpse into the trends and traditions being practiced or done away with by some brides. Here is a look at the findings and how your wedding planning compares to other brides


> More than half of brides (54%) have decreased their bottom-line wedding expenditure, an improvement over last year’s 68%.

> Nearly half (48%) of brides-to-be update their Facebook with their new name or relationship status within a day of taking their vows. 2 in 5 (44%) brides are interested in achieving YouTube fame via a choreographed dance down the aisle or first dance yet 69% said they’d never let their wedding be featured on a reality show.

> Nearly 9 in 10 (89%) brides have considered having a small wedding, with 80% believing a small wedding is 50 guests or less and almost half (44%) defining it as a wedding with 30 or fewer guests. Of those who had to reduce their budgets, 61% said the wedding planner was the first to go, followed by décor (59%) and venue (57%).

> Nearly 4 in 5 (79%) brides reveal they have a wedding tradition they wish they could do away with. 2 in 5 (40%) respondents would marry outside a church or synagogue in a non-religious setting, and two-thirds (66%) have considered having a family member or friend deliver their vows. Brides would also like to do away with wedding speeches (37%), wearing white (25%) and choosing something old, new, borrowed and blue (22%).

> 78% of respondents would take steps to make their weddings more environmentally-conscious. 37% of brides donate leftover food from the reception with 35% planning to serve locally sourced dishes and/or decorate with locally sourced flowers.

Do you agree with the findings and which trends or traditions would you keep or do away with?

Ringing in the New Year with a Times Square Wedding

I couldn’t imagine giving up control of some of the most important aspects of my wedding to total strangers nor would I ever be comfortable getting married in front of 1 million people but apparently there are a bunch of couples who would. 

Get Married Media received nearly 1900 contest submissions from couples who want to be the first to get married at Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Bethany Philips and Geoffrey Dubie, who met in Iraq where they were serving in the Marine Corps, are the lucky couple to win the honor.

Starting October 25, 2010, Get Married’s online audience will have the chance to vote on the wedding details via a virtual gallery.  The highest number of votes will determine what Bethany and Geoffrey will have for their wedding which will be broadcast live as well as on the large LED screens around Times Square.  A reception hosted by Get Married will follow at the Times Square Hard Rock Café.

Learn more about the winning couple.

Real Wedding: Kerri & Matt

Kerri & Matt exchanged I do’s inside The Cathedral of The Holy Cross located in Boston’s South End. Following the ceremony they traveled by trolley to the Boston Commons to capture some amazing photos with the infamous Boston backdrop.

Every true Bostonian has jumped aboard the swan boats or spent an afternoon in the Commons so it’s only natural that many Boston couples come here for pictures after their wedding ceremony. Doesn’t the one of the left look like a painted portrait? What a great shot to have framed and displayed in your home!

Family and friends enjoyed dinner and dancing on the rooftop of the Omni Parker House.

The landscape and colors throughout the Commons allowed the photographers at Berry Photos to capture some amazing photos of the happy couple.

This is one of my favorite photos of the couple. I love how they stole this moment together amongst all the people.

Each table was named after a famous Boston landmark like Fenway Park, Post Office Square and Boston Common. Green orchids along with red and white roses decorated guest’s tables. The couple opted for a modern twist on there wedding cake and offered guests a slice of chocolate cheesecake. Delish!

The couple ended the night overlooking the city they love!

Vendor turned Bride: Taking a Time Out

After our engagement party in September, the following weekend was my 40th birthday. I knew exactly what I wanted to do… I wanted to relax, have a massage and have a nice dinner. We took a three day/two night getaway to Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit Maine.  A beautiful resort, “Luxury by the Sea”, set close to downtown, but far enough away that you don’t hear all the noise. They have lots of pools, hot tub and a roman spa. Just what the Dr. ordered! We spent my birthday just being together, after my massage of course. We spent a gorgeous afternoon walking  Marginal Way, a simply perfect day.  To end the day, we went for a romantic dinner at Jonathon’s Restaurant. The food, service and my company made my 40th birthday unforgettable.

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One of the best parts of the day is when my phone rang at around 6pm and I heard the familiar voice that I’d heard all my life. It was my dad calling me to wish me a happy birthday. It was a quick call, but it meant so much to me. What I didn’t know was that this was the last birthday phone call he would have ever made to me. Just over a month later, on Halloween, he died. It was a very difficult time and my emotions were all over the place. I’m so very thankful for my good friends, and you know who you are, who took me under their wing, cared for me and loved me during what was a very difficult time. I so appreciate all that you did for me.

In Loving Memory of Domenic DiClemente

Vendor turned Bride: The Engagement Party

Shortly after we got engaged, my sister had offered to throw us an engagement party. I rallied up a list of invitees and sent them along her way and anxiously waited to celebrate with friends and family.

Our biggest priority was to make sure Dan’s parents were here from Florida. After working around scheduling with kids activities, school vacations, summer camp etc, we set a date towards the end of September. I am thrilled it all worked out, it just wouldn’t have been complete without them.

I was told by several people that I had to register for gifts before the engagement party. WOW, I wasn’t ready for this! But I knew right away where I was going to register. I love Crate&Barrel and knew that one day I would finally be able to register there. But, Dan’s family is from Maine, and I learned very quickly that there isn’t a Crate&Barrel store in Maine!!! Or in Portsmouth, NH!!! What’s up with that? There’s an outlet in Kittery, but unfortunately the items I registered for were not sold at the store! By also registering at Target, another store that both of us love, we were able to offer a solution for those guests. We also have registered at Liberty Travel so people can help us go on a honeymoon.

Registering was fun, but also stressful. Getting married during a recession makes you think a lot about what you register for. We had to think more so about “what we need” vs “what we want”. Sure we did put a few things of “want” on our registries, but mostly what we need. For example, instead of registering for formal dishes and everyday dishes, we registered for something in between. The Essential dishes at Crate& Barrel, they are all white settings, so they can dress up or dress down. It just takes a little table linens and décor to make it work!

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Where are you registering?

Vendor turned Bride: The Venue

After I came down from my high of getting engaged and setting the date, a little panic set in, how am I going to afford the wedding of my dreams?

When searching for a venue, I knew I needed to go with a place that was pretty and affordable as well as handicap accessible for my disabled father. I was so surprised to find out that there were so many places that were still not 100% handicap compliant. They all had elevators, but the floors had steps up and down to get to the dance floors and food stations/buffets tables. I’m so glad that I had the knowledge to ask these questions on accessibility with wheelchairs, it saved me a lot of time going to see places.

While searching though venues on MAWeddingGuide I found Sandy Burr Counrty Club in Wayland. There facility and pricing was a perfect fit. I was so relieved there was a place that meet all of my wedding needs.

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Dan & I spent an afternoon checking out the facility and loved the warm, cozy atmosphere.  It featured a beautiful deck to hold an outdoor ceremony and a gorgeous fireplace inside for the reception. I absolutely loved the option of indoors or outdoor. It’s great for a plan b in case of bad weather.

The dining area and dance floor were all on one level, and that was very important to me.  I later took one of my sister’s to see it as well and we all agreed that it was the place for our wedding! Ahhhh it was a CHECK off the list of things to do. I now needed to chose my caterer.  Sandy Burr allows one of 3 Caterers to try and it most certainly was a tough decision to make!

More to come…