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.


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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 >

 

 

Be Inspired by these NEW Arrivals!

We are loving these NEW Arrivals for 2015 Weddings! The Laser Cut Table Numbers are definitely one of our favorite inexpensive ways to dress up a reception table! Which one of these New Wedding Accessories are your favorites?
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Featured Wedding Accessories:
Glamorous Grey Kissing Ball, Gold Monogram Cake Top Letters Kraft Laser Cut Table Number Cards Polka Dot Ring Pillow Bride and Groom Monogram Printed Napkins Emma Shiny Silver Cupcake Wrappers

BE INSPIRED:
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Add a Touch of Romance with Chandeliers

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I can’t get enough of these gorgeous chandeliers! My friends at CT Wedding Group just sent along these beautiful photos of a recent wedding at The Barns. The photographer did an amazing job capturing the beauty of them, they truly add a romantic look and feel to the venue, don’t you think? View more photos for this beautiful wedding here.

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Photos courtesy of Candice Jeffrey Photography and CT Wedding Group.

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Best Selling Card Box – Back in Stock

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Our best selling Reception Gift Card Holder is BACK IN STOCK! Available in Black, Gold, White and Silver! This popular card holder will keep all your wedding day wishes and gifts wrapped up in high style! Both fashionable and functional, this unique reception accessory will not only keep your gift table under control, but keep it looking fabulous as well!

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{Featured: Silver Card Box, Gold Card Box, White Card Box, Black Card Box.}

Silver, Gold or a Splash of Color?

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Silver is a great accent color that will compliment any style wedding. Adding a hint of silver is as easy as adding wedding accessories with sparkles, rhinestones or crystal embellishments. Silver wedding accessories are perfect any style wedding but a favorite for Holiday Weddings or a New Year’s Eve wedding.

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Gold Wedding Accessories are perfect for adding a warm tone to your color palette. Touches of Gold
are favorites for Rustic Themes and Fall weddings as it compliments the shades of colors used in both palettes.

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Adding a splash of color to any wedding palette is easy, you’ll find so many beautiful wedding accessories offered in a variety of colors so matching one to your style wedding is simple. Consider our custom color wedding accessories to mix and match colors!

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How to create Rustic Elegance?

When you think of Rustic Elegance in terms of wedding décor what do you think of? I imagine soft twinkling lights, soft color palette, draped linens and rustic wooden features. After picking The Barn at Wesleyan Hills as our wedding venue, I immediately started looking into their décor options. I am true believer that adding little personal touches and décor details goes along way. Especially wedding décor, these details help pull the whole room together and create the perfect atmosphere for your special day.chandeliers

The Barn at Wesleyan Hills offers a number of different décor packages including paper lanterns, string lights, fabric drapes and now chandeliers! Just when I thought I had my mind made up on string lights with fabric drapes I am now torn because what is more elegant then chandeliers?

What décor package do you like best? I wonder if I could do both?

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Top Wedding Table Numbers

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Wedding table numbers are not only a functional part of your wedding reception but they add a touch of decor to your reception tables. Table numbers are offered in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Consider personalized table numbers to add a personal touch to your tables. Or consider your theme when choosing a table number, the Burlap Wine Bag Numbers (featured below) would be perfect for a Rustic Wedding, while the Love Bird Damask Table Numbers (also featured below) would be perfect for a Black and White or Formal wedding. Featured here are some of our best selling table numbers. Click here to shop All Table Numbers >
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Burlap Wedding Inspiration

MA Wedding Guide is sharing their burlap wedding inspiration and some tips from a recent planning article on how to create a Rustic Wedding Theme.  “With more couples going ‘green’ and getting creative with their décor, we are seeing the popularity of unique materials being used. One unique material that has been a fast growing trend is burlap” – MAWG. Read more on their helpful tips to create a Rustic Wedding Day, but first give some love to this gorgeous rustic inspiration board.

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The Barn at Wesleyan Hills

After continuing my search for the perfect New England barn wedding venue I stumbled upon this gem of place. So this past weekend we set out to Middletown CT to see The Barn at Wesleyan Hills. This venue has it all, an outdoor area for a ceremony, tented patio for cocktail hour and a beautiful barn for a reception. Michelle from CT Wedding Group was wonderful. She answered all our questions and left us feeling confident that if this was our wedding venue we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. It is very comforting to feel like your day will be executed exactly how you imagine it. Michelle explained that they have décor such as crates, burlap and more that they use to decorate around the barn and the food stations that are either “rustic country” or “rustic vintage” so depending on the couples vision they use the appropriate pieces to carry out the theme. This is a really nice perk as not many places will help decorate unless you pay for a package. I didn’t take any photos of the outdoor space as it was still covered in snow but you can see some real weddings if you visit CT Wedding Group.  Come back and let me know what you think?

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