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Publisher’s Note The one thing I find brides

are looking for the most when planning their wedding is new ideas. Fresh concepts in color themes, favors and entertainment, anything to create a distinctive event. With that in mind, we have redoubled our efforts to bring you the latest wedding trends. Pick and choose what works for you and customize to suit your own style. This issue of New Hampshire Wedding Magazine, and our bridal shows* highlight modern themes in bridal fashion, photography, catering and more. There is no better way to create a unique wedding than by combining traditional and contemporary on your big day. For example, your wedding may take place at a historical inn, but your color theme is a bold pink and orange! See page 6 for current wedding tips. We continue to celebrate New Hampshire as an ideal wedding location. Showcased are three different regions of NH and wedding professional’s products and services from those areas. The Monadnock, White Mountains and Seacoast region are highlighted on page 36. Looking for a chic wedding venue? Photographer and writer, Jennifer Belkus Goolkasian of Aphrodite Wedding Photography, writes about unique places to hold your wedding reception in NH on page 44 . I continue to be amazed at the weddings we have the honor of featuring, which you will see throughout the issue. One thing they all have in common, besides lots of love, is how the couples manage to create a day reflecting their personality and style. Everything from small details to the wedding location itself echo where the couple has been and where they are headed. Oh, and they are always pleasantly surprised at how perfectly the day comes together. . Congratulations and thank you for being a part of New Hampshire Wedding Magazine | Website | Bridal Shows.

Kristina Hathaway, Publisher *2010 Bridal Show Dates: January 3rd 2010, Sheraton Harborside Hotel, Portsmouth January 24th, 2010, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nashua February 21st, 2010, CR Sparks Event Center, Bedford 2010 Fall show dates to be announced, check for updates.



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©2010 New Hampshire Wedding Magazine. Reproduction of copy or artwork in whole or part without permission is strictly prohibited. All information contained in this magazine is believed to be true and accurate. Any and all information in advertisements is provided by the advertiser, with whom responsibility for truthfulness in advertising rests. New Hampshire Wedding Magazine assumes no responsibility for misleading information or misrepresentation in advertisements.


Contents Wedding Attire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Health & Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Wedding Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Flowers & Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Photographers & Videographers . . . . . . . . . . 47

Photo by Thamer Photography

Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Cakes & Caterers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Ceremony & Receptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Honeymoon & Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....73 Planning Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75



UntraditionalCakeToppers Forget a figurine of the bride and groom on top of the cake. These days, some of the hottest toppers are fresh flowers or a monogram.


On what other day in your life will you be as radiant and happy? Capture it to relive the moments that were a blur. Photo by Thamer Photography

Colored Gems

Diamonds are still a girls best friend but how nice will a ruby, sapphire or emerald look sitting next to it? Very!


Wedding cakes are getting dark and rich. Vanilla cakes are traditional, but you can indulge your passion for chocolate in everything from your cake to cookies to candy.

Brown and Blue Photo by Thamer Photography

This color combo is soft and pretty, yet rich and dramatic. Most importantly accessible! Find it in bridesmaid dresses, to linens, to invitations.

Hire a band or DJ? Can’t decide-how about both? Many couples hire live entertainment and a DJ for the best of both worlds.

Photo by Thamer Photography


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Dessert Stations

You don’t have to just serve cake at your reception. Fruit, pastries, cookies, and candies will let you and your guest indulge.

Small Wedding

Guests lists are getting smaller and smaller these days, typically less than 125 people. You get to spend time with everyone, and guests get don’t feel overwhelmed.

Photo by Thamer Photography

Light Shows

If you want to create a memorable event, consider using lighting to accent walls in your signature color or project your names on the dance floor.

Change of Dress

Wear the formal gown for your ceremony and photos, and a flirty and fun dress for dancing at your reception.

Signature Drinks

Create a cocktail to call your own based on your wedding colors or honeymoon location.

MonochromaticColors If a color combo is not you, showcase a single color like yellow. Simple, but dramatic.

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New Hampshire

Judy & Steve Jeffrey M. DeMarco

Jessica & Ratanak Kendal J. Bush Photography

Kaitlin & Brad A Photographic Memory

Johanna & Josh Carlen Photography 8

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Newly Weds

Julie & Jamie Rick Bouthiette Photography

Heather & Curtis Thomas Michael Photography

Jess & Bryan Rodeo & Co. Photography www .n h we ddi n g ma g a z i n m

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Plan Your Wedding... All in One Day, All in One Place NEW HAMPSHIRE WEDDING MAGAZINE’S

Sunday, January 3rd 2010 Sheraton Harborside Hotel Portsmouth,NH Sunday, January 24th 2010 Crowne Plaza Hotel Nashua, NH Sunday, Sunda February 21st 2010 CR Sparks Event Center Bedford, NH All shows 11-2:30 pm Keep Updated on Fall 2010 and Winter 2011 Show Dates at

View the latest in event lighting, bridal fashions, photography, reception ideas, and more. Valuable door prizes given away around the clock...Grand Prize give away at the end of the show. Brides, pre-register for free admission and free guest admission coupons at Wedding Professionals Contact: 603.929.3500

Wedding Attire

s CONTENTS Alter ations Br idal Attire Men’s For malwear Jewelr y Accessor ies

Photo by Thamer Photography here for more bridal shops, jewlers jclick and accessories

A DayTo Remember

Bridal Boutique

Wedding Gowns Mother-of-theBride Dresses Bridesmaid Dresses Tuxedo Rentals Veils & Tiaras Accessories

Casablanca, Eden, Bonny, Eternity Maggie Sottero, Anjolique, Alfred Angelo & More! Bridal Bridesmaid Flowergirl Mothers Special Occasions Prom Tuxedos Accessories & Much More! ●

We pride ourselves on personal service in a relaxed atmosphere.

17 Main St., Jaffrey, NH 03452 603.532.7641

Puttin’ on the Glitz Daily Jewels & Accessories


Your every wish... delightfully anticipated.

Jewels  Accessories  Vintage Handbags Bridal  Wedding Party Mother-of-the-Bride 150 State Street  Portsmouth, NH 603.436.5600 

Photo by Aphrodite Wedding Photography

Dreams do come true.


Wedding Attire Directory

Bridal Shop






Country Bridals & Formal Wear 17 Main St., Jaffrey



Daal’s Bridal Shop 410 Hilldalle Ave., Haverhill, MA


David’s Bridal 256 Daniel Webster Hwy. Nashua


Madeleine’s Daughter Bridal Shop 775 Lafayette Rd.., Portsmouth


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125 Bridal and Tux 5 Plaistow Rd. Rt.125, Plaistow A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique 1 North Main St., Concord





Precious Jewels/Lia Sophia Brentwood


Puttin on the Glitz 150 State St., Portsmouth


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Men’s Formalwear



Mr.Tux/Men’s Wearhouse 254 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua


Mr. Tux/Men’s Wearhouse Fox Run Mall, Newington


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Heidi & Rob August 22, 2009

Photography by Stephanie Wales Photography

Heidi had always dreamed of getting married at her parent’s home in Fitzwilliam, NH. The land had been in her family for many generations, and the scenery of water, trees and mountains made a beautiful backdrop for Heidi and Rob’s big day. The couple live nearby and have been building a native plant nursery for the past couple years. The day was relaxed and reflected the comfort of the couple’s lifestyle. There was a mix of out-of-town and local guests who helped celebrate with Heidi and Rob. Heidi admits that there was concern expressed about having the wedding outdoors since it had been a rainy summer. The couple held out hope for sunny skies, knowing they would make the best of it either way. Ultimately, the day turned out in their favor. Someone wrote in their guest book, “Mother nature takes care of those who take care of her.” Maybe it was karma! Reception: Private Residence, Fitzwilliam, NH Caterer: Coreen Rivet Catering - Jaffrey, NH Florist: Vintage Rose - Jaffrey, NH Photographer: Stephanie Wales Photography, Amherst, NH Band: Ameranouche - Portsmouth, NH DJ: CJ the DJ - Fitzwilliam, NH Tent Rental: Special Events of New England, Auburn, NH, p. 30 Officiant: Dawn Angela Minton - Manchester, NH Hair Stylist: Style Lounge - Keene, NH


photos by Thamer Photography

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Health & Beauty

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salon & spa

Tips & Advice Which stylist? Book consultations with more than one stylist so you can pick the one that best suits your needs. Have your hair compliment your dress. Smooth, straight hair and pinned up curls go with smooth satin gowns, while a tulle dress is complimented with soft curls.

Hair Design Hair Extensions Facials & Peels

Bring a photo of your dress to your stylist. This will help your stylist know what kind of wedding you’re having and help match your hair style to the day.

Make-up Waxing Manicures Pedicures

Don’t wait right before your wedding to try a new color or cut. Make the change before your initial consultation.

Reflexolog y Electrolysis Airbrush Tanning

Formal Occasions a Specialty

Veil length will have some influence on your choice of hairstyle. Make sure the hairstyle can hold the veil in place.

On location hair & make-up services avaiable 32 Harriman Hill Rd. Raymond, NH 603.895.5161


Health & Beauty Directory

Health & Beauty American Laser Centers Joya Beauty 204 Silver St. Ext., Dover






Natural or Not Salon & Spa 32 C Harriman Hill Rd., Raymond


Salon Aquavit 479 Nashua St., Milford





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Mrs.NewHampshire Representing Married Women in New Hampshire Being crowned Mrs. New Hampshire 2008 opened up opportunities and created positive changes for Christine Hunt, of Milford, NH. Married 15 years and mother of three, Christine gives insight into marriage and what it means to be Mrs. New Hampshire.

P h o t o g r a p h e r : W a l t e r S chn e ck e r Makeup Ar tist: Carolyn Riggins

Christina Hunt, Mrs. New Hamspshire 2008

What advice do you have for newly married couples?

P h o t o g r a p h e r : W a l t e r S chn e ck e r Makeup Ar tist: Carolyn Riggins

Enj oy the hone ymo on pha s e b ecau s e it won’t l a st . Nou ri sh you r relation sh ip a nd f i nd ti me to ge t away to ge the r. Com mu n ication i s ke y. If that’s not work i ng d on’t b e af raid to con sid e r a m a rri a ge cou n s elor. I t ake part i n a com mu n it y m a rria ge i n itiative, wh ich i s a f a ith ba s ed pro g ram cou n s el i ng e n g a ged couple s to pre pare the m for marri a ge. We he lp couple s t ackle proble m s the y we re n’t aware of that can ofte n sp oi l a m a rri a ge. It’s al s o an opp ortu n ity for couple s to s ort out the i r d iffe re nce s . Although s ome d iffe re nce s are n’t re s olved , the y come to an a g ree me nt i n the e nd . I w i sh my hu sband and I had th i s pro g ra m b e fore we got married , but I ge t s o mu ch out of it e ve n now.

What were some of your responsibilities as Mrs. New Hampshire? It’s i mp ort a nt to s e t a n obj ec tive for the ye a r, to k now what you wa nt to ge t out of the ex p e rie nce. I to ok adva nt a ge of my title to work i n the com mu n ity, a nd atte nd d iffe re nt f u nc tion s a nd ch a ri tie s. My pa ssion i s sp ea k i ng to wome n . I sp oke at a Mothe r a nd Daughte r Te a , a nd my ow n Mothe r and Daughte r atte nd ed , a s we l l . I ’ve worked w ith nu me rou s ch a ritie s l i ke Wa l k for Hu nge r a nd the Foste r- Ad optive Com mu n it y. Wh i le it’s not m andator y a s Mrs. Ne w Ha mpsh i re to d o th i s , afte r al l most of the wome n e nte ri ng the pa ge a nt have fam i l ie s a nd ca ree rs , I thought it wa s i mp ort ant to u s e the opp ortu n it y to he lp. People a re i n spi red by p e rs on a l te sti mon ie s . If I ca n sp e a k ab out ove rcom i ng my ow n ch a l le nge s , m ay b e it ca n he lp othe rs to ove rcome the i rs .

Christine Hunt with husband Shawn, daught e r s A r i e l - 7 , P e t r a - 1 4 , a n d s o n Tr i s t e n - 5

What does Mrs. New Hampshire represent?

Ju dge s lo ok for s omeone to re pre s e nt m a rried wome n of NH. Inte r v ie ws are 5 0% of what you a re j u dged on , s o the y lo ok for a woman who i s artic u late, spi rited , bri ght, a nd con f id e nt . I d id w i n the f itne ss p ortion of the pa geant, wh ich I had s e t out to w i n . I wa s prou d to accompl i sh that goal. I strongly e ncou ra ge a ny wom a n if the y ’ve e ve r thought of e nte ri ng a pa geant to d o it. Although the re a re preconce ived notion s ab out pa geants, I had nothi ng but p ositive exp e rie nce s w ith the pa ge a nt a nd b e i ng Mrs. Ne w Hampsh i re. Mrs. 200 7 wa s 5 0 yea rs old; you ca n b e m a rried for 3 month s or 3 0 years, t al l or short, it d o e sn’t matte r. It’s a l l ab out ce lebrati ng wome n and the i r p e rs onal a nd profe ssion al accompl i sh me nt s . 20

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Wedding Services

s CONTENTS Officiants Wedding Ser vices Wedding Consultants Invitations here for more bridal shops, jewlers jclick and accessories

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You are my life,

my love, my best friend.

With this ring, I thee wed. Rev. Laurie Steinberg

phone: 603. 866.1173 email:

specializing in custom spiritual unions.

Because the details matter



Laurie A. Mantegari

Wedding-Special Events-Corporate Event Planning & Coordination Day-of-Wedding Planning ph 603.552.2819 | cell 413.822.2361 | 137 High Street Hampton, NH 03842

NH W Invitations Kelly Maccidi Design Nashua Paper Potpourri 95 Broadway, Haverhill, MA

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A Hitching Place-Nancy Fauci North Hampton



Jeffrey M. DeMarco, Esq. Hampton Falls



Rev. Laurie Steinberg, Rye



Wedding Consultants









Everyday Details 137 High St., Hampton Signature Events, Wolfeboro

Photo by Signature Events

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Meghan Richard and

Photography by D etails by D iFranco

August 22, 2009 After a family member suggested Meghan and Rick l o ok a t h e

Atk i n s on Cou ntr y C lub for the i r wed d i ng rece ption , the y v i sited the lo cation and k ne w it wou ld b e p e rfec t for the i r bi g d ay. The b e autif u l g ree n l and s cap e w ith a p ond wa s the pic tu re s q u e s e tti ng the y h ad d re a med ab out. www .n h we ddi n g ma g a z i n m


Sp eci al d e t a i l s we re i ncorp orated th roughout the couple s wed d i ng. Ju stice of the Pe ace, Jeff DeMa rco, sug ge sted a trad ition whe re Me ghan and Rick w rote a le tte r to e ach othe r a nd pl aced it i n sid e a b ox th at the y wou ld op e n on the i r 10th an n ive rsa r y. A ca ndy bu ffe t wa s a l s o a p e rfec t wed d i ng favor and gathe ri ng sp ot for g u e sts. Gu e sts f i l led c u stom m ad e ca ndy ba g s w ith the d el ic iou s treats The th row i ng of the brida l b ou q u e t wa s re placed w ith a Ge ne ration s Da nce. Al l of the m arried couple s danced to the s ong, “ Whe n You L ove S omeone” by Brian Adam s. Couple s wou ld le ave the d a nce flo or a s DJ, Ke n Dion ne, an nou nced tot a l ye a rs of m a rri a ge, le av i ng the longe st married couple da nc i ng at the e nd . Rick’s g randpare nts, hav i ng b ee n m a rried for 5 7 ye a rs , we re prou d to t ake home the bridal b ou q u e t . Me gh a n lost he r Me me re 1 2 days b efore the wed d i ng. The e motion a l rol le rcoa ste r of losi ng s omeone s o clos e m ixed w ith the pl a n n i ng of wh at wou ld b e the happie st day of he r l ife wa s a bit of a ch a l le nge. Me ghan placed a pic tu re of he r Me me re i nto a ke y ch a i n a nd on the back w rote “ With me i n spi rit 8 -2 2 09”. She tied it a rou nd the ba s e of he r brid a l b ou q u e t s o it wou ld hang ove r he r h and a s she wa l ked d ow n the a i sle. Ceremony & Reception: Videographer: Precious Moments, Hudson, NH Atkinson Country Club, Atkinson, NH, p. 68 Florist: Forget-Me-Not Florals, Merrimack, NH Photographer: Details By DiFranco, Salem, NH Justice of the Peace: Jeffrey DeMarco, Esq., Hampton Falls, NH, 23 Cake: The Well Dressed Cake, Epping, NH Dj: Ken Dionne, Main Event DJ Service, Bedford, NH, p. 3 Wedding Planner: Everyday Details, Laurie Mantegari, Hampton, NH, p.23


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Floral Decorations & Rentals

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Anne’s Country Florals Weddings A Specialty!

Fresh & Silk Arrangements Accessories & Rentals Experienced Floral Consultants 212 Lowell Road Hudson, NH 03051 800-368-9903 • 603-889-9903 Established 1984 Anne M. Marshall, nhmfd

Creative Gardens Wedding Flowers By Julie Floyd

Stunning designs for the modern bride



603 743 4855

New Hampshire Maine Massachusetts

Special Events of New England,


Tent & Party Rental Service

Unique and memorable outdoor settings Affordable elegance and quality Your wedding, your way

Tents · Tables · Chairs · Dance Floors · Stages Lighting · Linens · China · Flatware · Glassware Special Events of New England, LLC • Manchester, NH 800.924.8389 • 603.624.8389 •

RENTAL I AYLOR Don’t buy it, rent it. Wedding arches and tents. China and silver. Tables and chairs. Linens and glasses.

Coffee makers and candelabras. Champagne Fountains.

Everything for your wedding reception. For Rent! 231 South Main Street | Concord, NH



Floral Decorations & Rentals Directory Website



Anne’s Country Florals 2 Summerset Pkwy., Nashua

Floral Decorations



Creative Gardens 24 Mitchell Rd., Lee



Delahunty Nurseries & Florals 41 Range Rd., Windham Ideas in Bloom 150 Joe English Rd., New Boston Lyndsey Loring Design 233 Sixth St., Dover Sweet Meadows Flower Shop 155 Portland Ave., Dover Tent & Renals Abbott Rental & Party Store 502 Union St., Littleton Lakes Region Tent & Event Concord Special Events of New Engalnd 302 Rockingham Rd., Auburn Taylor Rental of Concord 231 South Main St., Concord Lighting Design Port Lighting Systems 24 London Ln., Seabrook





















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s CONTENTS Ceremony Music DJ’s Bands here for more bridal shops, jewlers jclick and accessories

T h e F i n e s t E l e g a n t & Pe a c e f u l M u s i c f o r Yo u r S p e c i a l O c c a s i o n


It’s your wedding day.... and the music must be perfect

Absolutely Wonderful Weddings Professional Musicians forWedding Ceremonies


Dance Because

Bagpipes Trumpet Fanfares Flute & Guitar Duos Jazz Trio/Quartet Classic Rock Band & DJ Available

Dance Because teaches ballroom dancing and specializes in wedding dances. From memorable first dances as husband and wife whether fun and high-spirited, romantic and slow, or a surprise mix to Mother/Son and Father/Daughter dances to wedding party choreography, Dance Because can help.  Simple steps or choreographed routines.

Mike Alberici 603.226.0087

Get started today.


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Absolutely Wonderful Weddings Concord, NH


Aprylle & Reed, Flute & Guitar Loudon, NH



The Kimberly Consort

603.924.3748 978.386.7251

Dance Instruction







Dwight’s Wedding Guitar Northwood, NH

Dance Because 83 Hanover St., Manchester


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The Faces and Places of Weddings in New Hampshire

Photo by Philbrick Photography

Photo by Philbrick Photography


he Monadnock, Seacoast and Mt. Washington regions have a unique feel and style reflective of each area, but all share a common beauty which makes New Hampshire a perfect place for a wedding. The following photos celebrate these three regions and the wedding professionals who work and live in them. The photos are shot at venues depictive of their region. The Old Meetinghouse of Francestown is nestled in between trees on a quintessential country road in the Monadnock hills while the Mount Washington Resort impressively stands out among the majestic White Mountains. Located in the center of an historic Seacoast town, The Exeter Inn welcomes guests with charm and a comfortable elegance.

Photo by K endal J. Bush Photogrpahy

Whether you are from NH or coming from out of state to have your wedding here, the natural landscape of your preferred location will undoubtedly set the backdrop for your special day. Also in the photos, we used the services of wedding professionals experienced in their field and knowledgeable about the towns in which they work.

As a bride, look for vendors who can compliment your needs with your ceremony and reception locations. You want a consistent style and flow throughout your wedding day. From your updo to the final dance and everything in between, a successful wedding depends on the vendors you hire. Looking for a memorable honeymoon location? You don’t have to go far when you consider the options NH has to offer. Choose from quiet or bustling towns, mountains or sandy beaches, nature or culture, or experience all! The Granite State is filled with ways to enjoy the start of your life together as a married couple. www .n h we ddi n g ma g a z i n m

Photo by Aphrodite Wedding Photography


Seacoast Region The Exeter Inn Location

The E xeter Inn, E xeter


J ennifer B elkus G oolkasian Aphrodite Wedding Photography, Portsmouth, p. 48

Dress & Hair Piece

M adeleine ’s Daughter B ridal Shop Portsmouth, p. 13


Natural or N ot Salon & Spa R aymond, p. 18


J oya B eauty, D over


Puttin ’ on the G litz , Portsmouth, 13



Creative Gardens, L ee, p. 28

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WhiteMountainRegion Mount Washington Resort


M ount Washington R esort B retton Woods


Jay Philbrick Philbrick Photography, N orth Conway, p. 2


A Day to R emember B ridal B outique, Concord, p. 12

Hair & Makeup

The Spa at M ount Washington R esort, B retton Woods


D utch B loemen Winkel , Jackson

MonadnockRegion Francestown


The Old Meetinghouse F r a nc e s t o w n , p . 6 8


K e n d a l J. B u s h K e n d a l J. B u s h P h o t o g r a p h y F r a nc e s t o w n , p . 4 7

Dress & Accessories

Country B ridals & Formal Wear Jaffrey, p. 12

Hair & Makeup

Posh -Abilities, R indge

Makeup Supplied By

M ary K ay Cosmetics/D ebbieB orsari Peterborough


Naturally Elegant D esigns


Aprylle & R eed, Flute and G uitar Loudon, p. 34


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Once in a Lifetime You don’t have to say “I do” soaring at 2,000 feet in a vintage bi-plane over the Hamptons, but you probably could.

By J ennifer G oolkasian Photography by J ennifer G oolkasian, Aphrodite Wedding Photography



e love the churches, country clubs, castles, inns, resorts, and sparkling waterfronts of picturesque New Hampshire. We don’t want to sway you from what’s right for you. You can personalize your location, however, with the same creativity that you apply to your colors and accessories. Nontraditional options offer novelty and meaning. Does the venue tie into your passions? Does it tell a story? Have you forged memories there? We’ve collected a few inspirational stories from couples who took the leap, for one reason or another, and landed their wedding in extraordinary settings. j

Sarah L aunchbury and M onte B ohanan Ceremony: The Music Hall , Portsmouth/ R eception: The Rosa R estaurant, Portsmouth “The theater is really where I get that sense of community and exaltation that many associate with church,” said Monte. He and Sarah value the history of this designated “American Treasure.” The 900-seat theatre is the oldest in New Hampshire, erected by shipbuilders over 130 years ago. Monte works for the nonprofit performance art center. As he and Sarah attended the showing of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon there for their first date, the couple share a personal history with the space. Where once they watched the silver screen, under the fanciful proscenium arch, they later stepped into their first dance as husband and wife. 44

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Heather Philo and Jeff Pilibosian Ceremony and Reception: S eacoast S cience Center Museum, Odiorne Point, R ye Glenn livermore Photography

When she got the call that plummeted her wedding into Plan B, Heather had been readying at the salon, a glass of Champagne in hand. Inclement weather soaked her tent by the seaside. Before long, a table holding its side busted in two. With the doppelganger still building momentum, the event for more than 200 guests swiftly relocated into the center’s museum. The staff as well as friends and family reconfigured, moved furniture, and folded napkins. The result? “It brought a lot of character to the wedding,” says Heather, whose first dance found its way to the exhibit halls by glowing wildlife tanks. Guests mingled by a tide pool touch tank, or under the full-scale Humpback whale skeleton suspended in the foyer. When speaking about atmosphere, Heather asserts: “You can’t pay [enough] for a seascape or landscape; you can’t put a price on the sun setting.” Pamela S eppy and Steven Zannini Ceremony : Londonderry Commons, Londonderry Reception: Famous Dave’s, Manchester Aphrodite Photography A sizzling-red, flat roofed barbecue house departs from the norm when visualizing the typical New England wedding. It also provides a killer backdrop for a bride and her mermaid gown silouetting a cherry Mustang. Pamela and Steven had their sights on a destination wedding in Las Vegas, but the logistics involving four dogs and accommodating two families became too much. Immediately they gravitated toward their favorite restaurant as their caterer. They wanted soul food, which translated into good eating and comfort. “Essentially, my wedding was planned around the reception,” says Pamela. When other venues refused an outside caterer, Famous Dave’s offered to host the party. In the end, the decision helped immensely with logistics and costs. Tables, linens, flatware and head cover were readily available, as opposed to renting a tent to follow their public park ceremony. The restaurant’s signature ambience also provided decor, from vintage-styled signs and dropceiling lighting to its natural wood hues. www .n h we ddi n g ma g a z i n m


K ristie Clark and Matt Hunt Ceremony and R eception: H ickory H ill Farm , Dover Aphrodite Photography

When his bride proceeded to the ceremonial arbor in a white gown and weathered galoshes, how could Matt be anything but impressed? “Now that’s the kind of wife who’ll be feeding the pigs tonight,” Kristie teased afterward, who counted on white sandals but rain and mud had something else in store. Planning their wedding on Matt’s parent’s working farm made the day comfortable, memory-rich and genuinely beautiful. Farm artifacts integrated into several details. Fresh cut flowers ornamented Mason jar centerpieces, while more blossoms adorned the ceremonial arbor, each hand-placed by a guest. The shortcake, which served in place of a layered wedding cake, was made from the farm’s strawberries. Dinner boasted barbeque seared to perfection by a local restaurant, Muddy River Smokehouse, and featured—you guessed it—pork ribs from the couple’s very own pigs. Acknowledging, “food is a mainstay for most people’s celebrations,” Matt affirms “the whole idea of raising some of the food ties right back into being a working farm.” The Unique Venue Shortlist Consider booking an event or day-ofcoordinator for your unique venue. Some outfits, such as Everyday Details,, offer à la carte services. Here are a few things that you will want to ask yourself or your planner: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 46

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Tips & Advice Hiring a Videographer Hire a professional. Look for those with professional accreditations. Beware of hiring your friend’s-Uncle’s-best friend’sneighbor. You get what you pay for. View sample wedding videos. Note the picture and sound quality. Ask about equipment. You want to make sure they are using updated cameras and microphones. Videos can be simple or make use of music, photos and special effects such as slow motion . Discuss your options with the videographer. Before the wedding 52% of brides consider a video a “Top 10” service; after the wedding 75% of brides consider video a “Top 10” service.* *Survey by Wedding & Event Videographers Association International

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Imagine arriving on your wedding day in our Cinderella style horse drawn carriage, pulled by Laddy, our magnificent Clydesdale horse, complete with a professional coachman wearing a suit and top hat.

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What to Know about Wedding Limousines Availability: Reserve 3-6 months in advance or more if your wedding is in the Spring or Summer because of high demand during prom and wedding seasons. Styles: Most companies offer black and white stretch limos. Some will even have more unique vehicles like stretch Hummers or Lincoln Navigators to accommodate the wedding party. Drivers: Provide the company with a list of instructions prior to the event. Ask to go over the timeline with the driver the day before and allow the driver to ask any clarifying questions. Budget: Most transportation companies offer wedding packages. Make sure to ask about over time fees and gratuities, and get everything in writing.

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August 8, 2009 The Wentworth by the

Sea Hotel in New Castle, NH had been a place where Nina and her family celebrated many special occasions. Nina and Matt had gone on dates to the hotel restaurant, too. With the high level of service, exceptional grounds, and wonderful food selections, the couple knew it was the perfect place to celebrate their wedding.

Reception: Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, New Castle, NH Favors: Mainely-New Hampshire, Portsmouth, NH Reception Music: DJ Joe Pet, A Beat Away, Portsmouth, NH Cake: Jacques Fine European Pastries, Suncook, NH Photographer: Kate Preftakes Photography, Rindge, NH Transportation: Great Bay Limousine, North Hampton, NH Flowers: Jardiniere, Portsmouth, NH Ceremony Music: Artful Noise. Dover, NH

Matt is fond of certain New England traditions like cider donuts and whoopie pies. The couple wanted to treat their out of town guests to something special from New England. They incorporated fresh, bite-size whoopie pies tied with a blue satin ribbon to match the color theme of the wedding.

Nina was surprised at how she fell in love with her dress. It suited the surroundings of the big day perfectly. The rose in the back, where a sash gathered, was reminiscent of the gardens in which the ceremony took place. The streamers on the sash were reminiscent of the sailboats in the marina, and there was something slightly Victorian and yet slightly modern to the style, just like the Wentworth. The details came together more perfectly than the couple could have imagined. But, most of all, the best surprise was how well all of the guests mixed and mingled and the love they shared.


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Tips & Advice Choosing a Caterer 1. The best food a caterer makes is the food they like to do. Find out what that is and if it fits your taste. 2. Ask about what kind of rentals they may be supplying; china, silver, glasses, etc. If not you will have to rent them on your own. 3. Can you have either a buffet or waiter service? 4. If passed hors d’oeuvres aren’t in your budget, can you place them on a table? 5. Ask them what was the biggest challenge they’ve ever faced!

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The Picture Perfect Location for your Wedding Day We hope you’ll consider Indian Head Resort for your Wedding Day. Our unique location in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains provides an ideal setting for your special day. We feature one of the area’s largest dance floors and brand new function room featuring spectacular views of Shadow Lake and the surrounding White Mountains. All this, coupled with full resort facilities and award winning hospitality.

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Our fantastic wedding package features: Complete buffet or sit down dining service. Our Profile Room is famous for fine food. Gazebo overlooking Shadow Lake, nestled at the foot of the White Mountains. Seating capacity for 200+ people, large dance floor, spacious bandstand. Full service bar. Excellent service oriented staff. ● Complimentary Bridal Room complete with champagne service. White linens, white tapers on each table. Accomodations for your guests with spectacular mountain and lakeside views. 50” Plasma HDTVS in all rooms! Our Wedding Planners are standing by to help you with all your wedding needs. Invitations ● Response Cards ● Reception Cards ● Rehearsal Dinner ● Wedding Receptions Florist Jeweler ● Bakery ● Wedding Cake ● Photographer ● DJ or Live Band ● Decorations Canopy or Tent ● Tuxedo and Gowns ● Transportation/Limo ● Parking ● Gifts ● Favors

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Candia Woods Allow the experienced sales and banquet staff of the Evergreen Pavilion make your life simple. We accommodate groups of 50–130, with a fantastic selection of buffet menus, lush gardens, granite benches and a flowered arbor, overlooking the golf course. Simply choose the date, menu and decor colors, and we will do the rest.

Relax and Enjoy 313 South Road • Candia, NH 03034 • 603-486-2307 • Call Christina Desjardins at 603.483.2307 ext. 116 or email

We do all the work so you can enjoy every moment of your very special day. The Event Center at the Oaks offers a No-Stress Vendor package to make your event elegant and easy. Let us take care of you at The Oaks.

100 Hideaway Place • PO Box 88 • Somersworth, NH 03878 Please contact Jodi Thompson, Events Manager, at or 603-692-6257 x103 and visit us at

Everything your heart desires in one very special location. Only one mile off I-93 Exit 28 • Centrally located in Campton, NH

603-726-3076 x213 1-888-OWL-NEST For sample menus and to request further information visit

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Get married on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington and make your wedding a unique and memorable experience. Complete wedding packages • Ceremony on board by captain Full boat charters or private lounges

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Annual Dream Wedding Show Sunday, January 24th 2010 Set in an environment of sophistication and comfort, the Courtyard by Marriott Grappone Conference Center is the ideal destination for life’s most memorable events. Perfect for any occasion from intimate dinner parties, festive outdoor gatherings to lavish ballroom affairs. Particular pride is taken in planning an event that is unique with every element artfully arrayed and beautifully presented, assuring nothing less than perfection. 70 Constitution Ave.|Concord, NH 03301

Outdoor Wedding Receptions at a Charming Bed & Breakfast

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The Barn at Waukewan Golf Club is located in the heart of the Lakes Region. This 1800’s farm, now golf course has everything you are looking for in a New England charm setting. The function facility is an elegant post and beam barn, with a beautiful field stone fireplace, and has a large dance floor all of which is surrounded by majestic mountain views. The Barn is a perfect place for weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners and any special occasions. 166 Waukewan Rd. Center Harbor, NH 603.279.6661 • 603-677-2649

• 3.5 Beautiful Acres & Picturesque Gardens • NE Country Setting (fits 30’x75’ tent) • 3 Large Guest Rooms & Bridal Suite • Central Air-Conditioning • Weddings, Bridal Showers & Other Parties • View Photos at

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Tips & Advice Top 10 Questions to Consider When Choosing a Venue 1. Do they have an in-house caterer?Do you like the food? 2. Do they have adequate facilities? Bathrooms, parking,coat check? 3. What is the cancellation policy? 4. What is the payment schedule? 5. Do they have a liquor license? 6. Are there any hidden costs? Read the contract very carefully. 6. What are overtime charges? 7. Is there room for a DJ or band? 8. Where will you take photographs? On the premise or is there recommended spots nearby. 9. Will there be a coordinator on hand the day of the wedding? 10. If it is an outdoor location, is there a backup plan for bad weather?

Atkinson Resort & Country Club 603.362.8700

The Atkinson Resort & Country Club is one of the largest and most lavish facilities north of Boston, with an elegantly decorated 9,100 square-foot ballroom, as well as other equally exquisite rooms for smaller soirées. Features include private bridal salons, outdoor balcony and terrace, and beautifully landscaped gardens, waterfall, gazebo, and trellis area—perfect for ceremonies or photographs.   Choose from the highest quality chef-inspired wedding packages and enjoy exceptional service making your day one to remember fondly for years. And, before or after your special event, enjoy a restful night in the Fieldstone Suites, a round of golf on the 18-hole championship course or new 9-hole Par 3 course, a lesson by a PGA professional in our state-of-theart Willowcreek Golf Academy, or dining in the Stagecoach Grille, Merrill’s Tavern, or Cartside Café — all located on site.

Old Meeting House of Francestown Built in 1801 and lovely as ever, the Old Meeting House of Francestown is the perfect setting for a charming New England wedding ceremony. Seats 300 and just 35 minutes from Manchester, Concord or Nashua with reception sites nearby. For rental fees, availability or to arrange a visit, please contact: Merrill Beauchamp 603-588-3837 email: info@

The Barn at Moody Mountain Farm HAVE YOUR WEDDING IN A BARN! Historic barn available for wedding ceremonies and receptions in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Picturesque country location. Large barn accommodates up to 150 guests. Fully furnished adjacent house (sleeps 12) also available for wedding party, family or guests. For more information, photos, and rates email: moodymtnfarm@


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Ceremony Sites Methuen Memorial Music Hall 192 Broadway, Haverhill Old Meetinghouse of Francestown 1 New Boston Rd., Francestown

Reception Sites Atkinson Resort & Country Club

85 Country Club Dr., Atkinson Candia Woods Golf Links 313 South Rd., Candia Grappone Conference Center 70 Constitution Ave., Concord Haverhill Country Club 58 Brickett Ln., Haverhill, MA Indian Head Resort 664 US Route 3, Lincoln Mount Washington Cruises 211 Lakeside Ave., Weirs Beach Owl’s Nest Golf Club 1 Clubhouse Ln., Campton Pat’s Peak Flanders Rd., Henniker Ragged Mountain 62 Ragged Mountain Rd., Danbury Stephen Clay Homestead Bed & Breakfast

193 High St., Candia

The Mountain Club at Loon 90 Loon Mounain Rd., Lincoln The Oaks Golf Links 100 Hideaway Place, Somersworth

Waukewan Golf Club 166 Waukewan Rd., Center Harbor

Wolfeboro Inn 90 North Main St., Wolfebor Wyndham Andover Hotel 123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA York Harbor Inn Coastal Route 1A,York Harbor, ME

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August 22, 2009 Heather’s parents home in Wolfeboro, NH was the perfect spot

for Heather & Chris’s summer wedding. The couple did not want to be under time constraints during the event. It also held special memories for Heather. The hill where the couple exchanged vows was the same hill Heather used to sled down as a child. Chris was raised as a Quaker, and the couple had a Quaker ceremony. The couple and guests all came together in a silent meeting, and friends and families all served as witnesses to the marriage. There was no officiant; only occasional words from loved ones when they felt moved to speak.  Chris’s mother opened the meeting with an explanation of the Quaker tradition, and Heather’s father closed it by reading the marriage certificate, which everyone then signed. 70

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For favors, the couple cut up two children’s books from the 1940s and made 2-4 line poems out of them. Many of Heather and Chris’s friends are writers, so they set up a typewriter outside the tent with a long scroll of fax paper and invited everyone to leave some kind of a message. Heather and Chris felt lucky to have many talented friends and family help with their wedding day. They helped prepare the food, arrange flowers, take the photographs, play the ceremony and reception music, and decorate the garden and tents. The couple was very grateful and happy to see so many people they love all in one place.

Reception: Private Residence Wolfeboro, NH Catering: Chaya Thanhauser Martha’s Vineyard, MA DJ: Dan Cashman Northampton, MA Rentals: Lakes Region Tent & Event, Concord, NH p. 29 Flowers: Linda’s Flowers & Gifts Wolfeboro, NH Photography: Kali Coles Wedding Planner: Amy Piper, Signature Events, Wolfeboro, NH p. 22

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Top Honeymoon Destinations When picking your honeymoon location, it might be a good idea to see the favorites of newlyweds. Honeymoon hotspots can change as the trends change, so keep up to date. Storms and disasters can change a beautiful location suddenly. Choose your destination based on what you love to do and how you would like to spend your time.

1. Hawaii: Dramatic coastlines, volcanoes, green forests, native Hawaiian culture, tropical breezes, white sand beaches, spectacular resorts. for the best in honeymoon getaways.

This is the magic that brings couples to Hawaii

2. Mexico: A vast country with enough variety to please all. Bask in the sun at posh resorts along the

Baja coast, visit the valley of Oaxaca for a taste of the ancient M ayans, ride the train

through majestic canyon after canyon , shop until you drop.

3. Jamaica: Passion is inevitable on this tropical paradise island. Jamaica is th

are looking for non - stop nightlife. I f the bar scene isn’t for you, stay in one of inclusive adults - only resorts.

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5. Italy: I taly is one of the top picks for Europe honeymoon locations. No wonder, it ’s the land of

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Planning Guide Yo u ' v e s a i d y e s t o t h e b i g q u e s t i o n , n o w w h a t ? I f y o u ' r e s t a r t i n g to become over whelmed with the thought of planning your big day, sit down, take a deep breath and look over this 12-month planning guide. Whether you are planning your wedding in 6 months or 2 years, you can customize this guide to your own timeline. Use it to help keep you on track.

1 1 - 1 2 M o n t h s B e f o r e t h e We d d i n g * * * * * * * *

O ffi c i a l l y a n n o u n c e y o u r e n g a g e m e n t . _ _ _ _ Set a time and date for the wedding.____ Decide style of ceremony (size, setting, formality, etc.)____ Arrange for your families to meet if they haven't met before.____ Develop a budget and decide who will pay for what.____ Begin compiling your guest list.____ Visit and reserve your reception site.___Order any rental items needed such as chairs, tents, lighting, if not included at wedding/reception sites.____

9 - 1 0 M o n t h s B e f o r e t h e We d d i n g * * * *

Order your wedding gown and determine who will make any alterations.____ Choose your wedding par ty.____ Decide on a color scheme (consider the reception site).____ Meet with potential wedding professionals for your ceremony & reception.____ I n t e r v i e w l o c a l v i d e o g r a p h e r s , p h o t o g r a p h e r s , fl o r i s t s , D J s & M u s i c i a n s , c a t e r e r s , a n d bakeries. Be sure to get a contract that states wedding date, time, and location for e a c h ve n d o r, a s we l l a s t h e s c h e d u l e fo r p a y m e n t s. _ _ _ _ * Scout out accommodations for out-of-town guests.____

7 - 8 M o n t h s B e f o r e t h e We d d i n g * * * * *

Start shopping for wedding rings.____ Decide on honeymoon plans.____ Decide on and order attendants gowns.____ Order invitations and other stationery needs.____ Register for wedding gifts at select stores and online outlets. ____

5 - 6 M o n t h s B e f o r e t h e We d d i n g * Let your out-of-town guests know the date of your wedding so that they reserve the date and make any necessary travel plans.____ * Complete guest list.____ * Shop for and taste test the wedding cake.____ * Select and reserve attire for men in the wedding.____ * Determine marriage license requirements for the state in which you are getting married.____

3 - 4 M o n t h s B e f o r e t h e We d d i n g * * * * * * *

Fi n a l i z e t h e m e n u w i t h yo u r c a t e re r. _ _ _ _ O rd e r w i n e, c h a m p a g n e, l i q u o r, e t c. , i f n o t i n c l u d e d i n t h e c a t e re r s s e r v i c e. _ _ _ _ F i n a l i z e fl o w e r s , i n c l u d i n g t h o s e n e e d e d f o r t h e r e c e p t i o n d e c o r a t i o n s . _ _ _ _ Mail out information about hotels and city attractions to out-of-town guests.____ Order wedding favors.____ Order wedding rings to allow time for engraving.____ Begin working on vows, especially if you are writing your own.____

Planning Guide 2 M o n t h s B e f o r e We d d i n g * * * * * * * *

Finalize and book honeymoon.____ Mail out invitations.____ Do hair/make-up dry run, complete with your veil or headpiece.____ Book wedding day beauty appointments.____ Complete name change paperwork for bank accounts, insurance, etc.____ Finalize music play list.____ Finalize order of service and write the wedding program.____ T o u c h b a s e w i t h y o u r fl o r i s t , c a t e r e r , a n d D J t o c o n fi r m d a t e a n d t i m e s , e t c . Get their cell phone number if you don't already have them.____ * B o o k re h e a r s a l d i n n e r. _ _ _ _ * Order wedding cake, if not ordered already.____

1 Month Before * Purchase bridesmaid gifts.____ * Purchase groomsmen gifts.____ * S c h e d u l e fi n a l fi t t i n g f o r w e d d i n g g o w n . R e m e m b e r t o b r i n g w e d d i n g s h o e s , veil, and proper lingerie needed.____ * P u r c h a s e y o u r a c c e s s o r i e s : g u e s t b o o k a n d p e n s e t , r i n g p i l l o w , fl o w e r g i r l baskets, unity candle, etc.____ * Arrange for transportation needs for wedding party and out-of-town guests for the rehearsal and wedding day. Be sure to give the driver the addresses and schedules for all who will need transportation.____

2 - 3 We e k s B e f o r e * Get marriage license. Call ahead to make sure you know what is required to bring.____ * O r g a n i z e a n y a c c e s s o r i e s n e e d e d s u c h a s r i n g p i l l o w , fl o w e r g i r l b a s k e t , g a r t e r , a n d " s o m e t h i n g o l d , n e w , b o r r o w e d , a n d b l u e ." _ _ _ _ * Contact guests who haven't sent in RSVPs so that you can give the c a t e r e r a fi n a l h e a d c o u n t . _ _ _ _ * Pick up wedding rings and check engraving before leaving the store.____ * C o n fi r m h o n e y m o o n h o t e l , a i r l i n e r e s e r v a t i o n s , a n d wedding night reser vations, if not leaving until the nex t day.____

1 We e k B e f o r e * Pack for honeymoon.____ * Host attendants party and give out gifts along with a thoughtful thank you note to each bridesmaid.____ * M a k e fi n a l p a y m e n t s t o v e n d o r s . P u t g r a t u i t i e s i n e n v e l o p e s a n d a r r a n g e t o have a trusted friend distribute the envelopes on the big day.____

1 Day Before * * * *

Ta k e a l o n g w a l k o r s c h e d u l e a m a s s a g e t o r e d u c e s t r e s s . _ _ _ _ Greet out-of-town guests.____ Make some time for each other to exchange gifts.____ At t e n d re h e a r s a l a n d re h e a r s a l d i n n e r. _ _ _ _

We d d i n g D a y * * * * *

Awake early and eat a good breakfast. Go to beauty appointments. Arrive at wedding site early enough to dress and to visit with bridesmaids. Allow enough time for photography. Relax, smile, and enjoy your well-organized day!



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M r. a n d M r s. S m i t h Miss or Ms. Rachel Smith M r. A l e x S m i t h

Messrs. Alex and Stuart Smith Misses Rachel and Nancy Smith Ms. Rachel Smith and Ms. Nancy Smith

The Messrs. Smith The Misses Smith

Siblings at same address

Divorced Woman

Ms. Audrey Miller Mrs. Audrey Miller Ms. Audrey Smith (maiden name restored)

Ms. Smith and Ms. Smith

Ms. Miller Mrs. Audrey Miller Ms. Smith

Widow or separated

Mrs. John Miller Mrs. Audrey Miller Ms. Audrey Miller

Mrs. Miller Mrs. Miller Ms. Miller

J r. o r j u n i o r

M r. S t e ve n S m i t h , J r. M r. S t e ve n S m i t h j u n i o r

M r. S m i t h M r. S m i t h


M r. S t e ve n S m i t h I I I

M r. S m i t h

Married couple both Doctors

The Doctors Smith Drs. Sherri and Steven Smith D r. S h e r r i D a v i s a n d D r. S t e ve n S m i t h

D r. D a v i s a n d D r. S m i t h

D r. S h e r r i S m i t h a n d M r. S t e ve n S m i t h

D r. S m i t h a n d M r. S m i t h

Ms. Sherri Davis a n d M r. S t e ve n S m i t h

M s. D a v i s a n d M r. S m i t h

Ms. Sherri Davis M r. S t e ve n S m i t h

Ms. Davis M r. S m i t h

Ms. Jamie Smith

Ms. Smith and Guest

Wife only has title Wife uses maiden name Two unmarrieds living together as a couple Single person and Guest

The Doctors Smith

Planning Guide While the ceremony sequence may vary depending on religious requirements, this is the typical order of events.

1. Seating of the Guests Pre-ceremonial music as the ushers seat the guests. Music usually begins 15 minutes before the ceremony. 2 . S eat i ng of Parent s A f t e r t h e g u e s t s a r e p r e s e n t a n d s e a t e d , t h e g r o o m ’s p a r e n t s a r e e s c o r t e d t o t h e i r s e a t s . T h e b r i d e ’s m o t h e r i s t h e n l a s t t o b e s e a t e d . T h e b r i d e ’s f a t h e r i s w a i t i n g w i t h the bride. 3 . Th e G r o o m Ta k e s H i s P l a c e T h e o ffi c i a t o r , u s h e r s , b e s t m a n a n d g r o o m t a k e t h e i r p o s i t i o n s . 4 . At t e n d a n t ’s P r o c e s s i o n T h e p r o c e s s i o n a l m u s i c f o r t h e b r i d e m a i d s , m a i d o r m a t r o n o f h o n o r , fl o w e r g i r l & r i n g b e a re r, b e g i n s a s t h e y a re re a d y t o m a rc h d o w n t h e a i s l e. 5. Bridal Procession F o l l o w i n g t h e a t t e n d a n t s , t h e b r i d e ’ s f a t h e r o ff e r s t h e b r i d e h i s l e f t a r m a s t h e y b e g i n down the aisle. Music is played and the guests rise in honor of the bride. 6 . Th e E x c h a n g e o f Vo w s Traditional vows may be exchanged or you may wr ite your own personal vows to recite. 7. Music with Ceremony Music is played during the candle-lighting or other non-verbal portion of the ceremony. 8 . Th e R i n g E x c h a n g e Be sure to know where your rings are. 9 . Th e K i s s Have fun! 1 0 . Th e I n t r o d u c t i o n s A t t h e e n d o f t h e c e r e m o n y , t h e o ffi c i a t o r m a y i n t r o d u c e t h e n e w l y w e d s , t o t h e g u e s t s, a s t h e n e w M r. & M r s. 1 1 . Th e R e c e s s i o n a l The bride and groom lead the wedding party back down the aisle.


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