Maine Mini-Moon Winner Is….

September 01 • 2015

Thanks to the almost 400 entries we received for the free mini-moon next year in South Freeport!  We used the rafflecopter software to select a random winner and it is ASHLEY M!!!  Ashley we will be sending you an email to follow up on your 2016 wedding!

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PICKING A VENUE & SETTING A BUDGET

Perhaps one of the hardest choices to make through this process is deciding on a venue for your wedding/reception. Many factors will help you decide on a venue that will fit your ceremony just right. For starters, what’s your style? Venues around the state have themes that are characterized by their structure, presentation and location. If you intend to have a very laid back, and relaxed ceremony a Beach/Tropical venue would possibly work best. Hotel, Estate or urban venues come with the convenience of near-by lodging and in-city attractions. For a more traditional ceremony a church would be a great choice, as these venues require minor set up and lower costs. Size matters, determine the number of guests you’ll be hosting to have a better idea of the size venue needed.

Consider the following factors before pulling the trigger on a venue. Find out the number of weddings the venue hosts. This will show you the popularity and experience of the venue as well as help you determine the busy seasons and availabilty the venue might have for the date you have in mind. Research options for out-of-town guests early. Many places offer group rates for renting a number of rooms. Does the venue have a website, nice photos, are they blogging regularly? First impressions should count a lot in this decision. Touching back on your budget, some venues offer wedding packages. In addition to rental costs, venues offer full catering options. Compare “per-head” prices between your venue and independent caterers, this may save you a few pennies. Lastly, make sure to visit the venue once or twice priot to making a decision. Attending the venue when they’re hosting a fayre or wedding show will allow you to see the venue all dressed up on your wedding day.

Still need some assistance? Refer to our past blog posts such as: Maine Wedding Barn Venues, Coastal Outdoor Wedding Venues or How to Find a Wedding Venue Without Leaving the Couch. OR just make sure that you keep up with our blog and subscribe! We are always featuring real New England Weddings showcasing some of the best wedding venues Maine has to offer.

Stay Tuned for The Ultimate Guide to Getting Married in Maine: Part Three – Finding Your Wedding Vendors.

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rodeoandcophotographyTeddy and Meghan met at a mutual friend’s wedding, and despite living in separate cities, they were soon planning a wedding of their own! Growing up, Meghan spent summers on the shore of Lake Sunapee, NH, and so the couple decided it would be the perfect location to celebrate their love. Their wedding theme was classic nautical and we love all the details that tie in their personalities. Their night was full of happy laughter, endless dancing and lots of love. Congratulations Teddy & Meghan!

Thank you for sharing their love story Rodeo & Co. Photography.

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Event Designer & Coordinator: By Emily B.
Calligraphy & Paper Goods:  Michelle Dowling Calligraphy
Catering:  The Catered Affair
Reception Site:  Lake Sunapee Yacht Club
Photography:  Rodeo & Co.

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Vendor Feature: Celia + Grace

August 27 • 2015

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L&L: Where did the name Celia Grace come from?

Celia is part of my name (Marcelia) and a family name going back 5 generations which I love for our vintage-inspired designs. The word Grace has lots of meanings, two of which are beauty and goodness, two things at the heart of what we do at Celia Grace – make exquisite wedding dresses that are eco and give back and empower women around the world.

 

L&L: What does fair-trade mean in the context of Celia Grace?

Fair Trade is a global movement to end poverty by giving you, as a consumer, the ability to vote with your dollars for the kind of world you want–one where people are paid a living wage, work in safe and fair conditions, and can break the cycle of poverty. Celia Grace is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Celia Grace supports its seamstresses with empowering and safe working conditions, a living wage, and transparent relationships. Celia Grace dresses are handmade in Cambodia and India by women and men in small Fair Trade sewing groups that create opportunities for historically marginalized producers and that prohibit child and forced labor.

See more about problems in the fashion industry and what a Fair Trade wedding dress is here: http://apracticalwedding.com/2015/06/fair-trade-wedding-dresses/#comments

 

L&L: It sounds like the majority of your background is in business development & human rights. How did this personal interest influence you?

That’s right, my background is in international development and business while designer Alix Kivlin is the creative force behind the brand. When I was in college I spent a summer researching women and factory work in Mexico. I went in thinking that all clothing work was bad, especially for women. But after interviewing more than 300 women I was learning that work can either help or harm women, depending on the conditions.  So when I was getting married I knew I wanted a dress made in a way that would help people rather than potentially harm them.

 

L&L: Can you tell us a little bit more about how your own wedding was a catalyst to join your passion for business development and human rights into fashion and weddings? 

My partner and I were planning a big wedding and knew that we wanted it to reflect who we were and what we cared about, especially at such a meaningful, symbolic event, and on where we were spending a lot of money. I didn’t want to worry about who made my dress and under what conditions and was surprised to discover that there were very few options for ethically-made dresses. There were no Fair Trade wedding dresses.

 

L&L: How did you meet Alix your head designer? 

Alix and I are family friends. We didn’t know each other that well but hit it off over Thanksgiving one year talking about clothing making, Fair Trade, environmentalism, and our mutual love of travel and connecting with women around the world.

 

L&L: Your business focuses on sourcing fair-trade products from developing countries. What made you turn to using producers in the developing world rather than manufacturing the dresses in the continental US?

My background is in international development and I love empowering women in developing countries and then seeing what they can do! There are a growing number of wedding dresses made in the USA and I am so happy about that.  However,with ninety-eight percent of clothing worn in the US made elsewhere, improving work conditions abroad is key. I see the wedding dress as an ethical fashion “gateway” garment. The wedding is a dress and it is a symbol so I think it is an opportunity to introduce people to the idea of giving back through their purchases.

 

L&L: Do you have any other resources you’d suggest for couples?

I recently wrote an E-book “More Beauty, More Joy” full of resources making it EASY to have a giveback wedding.  Find the E-book (free!) at http://www.celia-grace.com/ethical-wedding-made-easy

 

We are so excited that our dresses are sold in bridal shops around the US! Find our stockists and trunk show schedule here (http://www.celia-grace.com/try-on-a-dress/). No shop in your area? We can mail you a sample dress to try on.

 

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Let’s face it — Wedding planning can be quite overwhelming, stressful and flat out crazy for brides and grooms! There are SO many mistakes that you could make during the planning process and I have compiled my top 10 biggest mistakes that must be avoided!!

Planning weddings probably is not your full time job and certainly not your part time job, so it’s hard for you to understand the in’s and out’s of the industry! There is a reason why wedding planners exist, you just have to find the right one that clicks with you because we all have different styles of planning, design and personalities. Go on a consultation and find out more information on us before you just assume you can’t afford one or you don’t want anyone involved in planning your own wedding because you think you can plan it yourself however, we love to keep our couples involved in all the “fun” parts of the planning process. We are a huge asset to you and your wedding (which I will explain more on another post!!).

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1. Not Hiring a Wedding Planner or Coordinator!!

We do a lot behind the scenes especially the day-of your wedding!! We not only ensure a smooth and fun wedding planning process and create a wedding that is perfectly tailored to you as a couple. But, we also are quite the powerhouses on the day-of your wedding so you won’t have to worry about one thing because this is your day and we want you to enjoy every moment!!! We take care of set-up, make sure everything is on schedule throughout the day, problem shoot any issues that arise, breakdown and cleanup too! And, if you think your venue coordinator is going to be as detailed as us, your wrong (and that is another mistake you are making from the start!!)

2. Not Setting a Budget!

You absolutely need some idea of how much you are willing to spend on your wedding even before purchasing that gorgeous white dress, the venue, a planner and your photographer! Everything adds up so quickly and if you don’t have a planner managing your budget you can easily go over board!!

3. Booking a Venue Before Creating your Guest List!

What if you book a venue that has a max capacity of 100 people and you then create a guest list of 200!!! That won’t work and you can’t back out of that contract because you most likely put down a non-refundable deposit!!  Create your guest list first my friends!!

4. Booking Vendors Based on Price Only!!

This could end up in a disaster! If you think your going to get amazing photos from a photographer that costs $500 for the entire day, think again!! Or your going to work with an amazing wedding planner and eat delicious food that costs $500, think again!! If you are looking for cheap you will get cheap results, it is just the way it is! There are areas where you can spend less and then you can add more to other important categories but if you don’t have money for a wedding my suggestion is to keep it very small and intimate or elope but make it beautiful, it’s your wedding day!

5. Taking Too Much Time to Make a Decision!

You fell in love with a venue, a photographer, a planner but took 2 or more weeks to make a decision… they may have already booked your date in that time you hesitated!! If you love your vendors right from the start and you have a great feeling about it just do it! Sign the contract and put that deposit in other wise we will not reserve your date and can book someone else and we book up fairly quickly. In New England there are some coastal venues that are fully booked for 2016 and are already booking for 2017… Crazy I know, but you need to be quick with your decisions!

6. Not Giving Yourself Enough Time for Planning!

Just like my statement above — vendors book up quickly and can already be booked a year out… if you decide you want to get married in a 3 months or 1 month it may be very difficult to book the vendors you love. Take your time, and plan the wedding you want and dream of.  There really isn’t a rush, enjoy your engagement and the planning process, if you love each other now you will love each other a year from now; Well, I would hope so! :)

7. Not Having a Rain Plan!

You are having an outdoor ceremony, al fresco dining under the stars and the forecast shows rain on your wedding day… What’s your plan B?? You need to have one already in place months prior to your wedding day!!

8. Not Letting Your Vendors Do Their Jobs!

You paid these vendors good money to do their jobs — just let them do it!! They are professionals, right?! They know what they are doing especially if you hired them for their portfolio and expertise!

9. Not Really Reading Over Those Contracts!

If you don’t have a wedding planner to read over your contracts before you see them to ensure they are correct and there isn’t anything there you shouldn’t be signing, then the both of you need to read them over and make sure you understand what you are signing!! You are paying a lot of money for vendors and rentals, you need to know the facts.

10. Not Feeding Your Hardworking Vendors!

Basically, you need to feed the vendors that are there during your wedding, the wedding planner and their team, photographer/s, DJ/Band, etc. We all work very hard and long hours during your wedding and it is proper etiquette that you feed us one meal!

Cristen from Captivatingly Chic 

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