New Hampshire Rustic Weddings

It’s no secret that our brides have typically gone for the more rustic themes on their wedding day, and we can’t blame them! We are located in beautiful New Hampshire surrounded by the mountains, the foliage, and the ideal country life. That’s why we find it important to showcase all the ways we can celebrate love while appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.

Wedding Venue

Each couple always needs to take into consideration where they want their wedding to be. Start thinking about your guest count, your wedding theme, the policy for unpredictable weather, the food choices, and if your date is available. You may have a couple locations that will work so make sure you are looking at venues in those areas.

If you even spend just a few hours here in New Hampshire, you’ll start to see the many options to choose from if you are looking for that rustic style! From our mountain ranges to our lakes, you will have the perfect backdrop for all of your photos! We even have several venues (including us, Pats Peak Banquet Center!) that are positioned on a mountain and offer summit weddings. What’s not to love about feeling like you’re on top of the world as you look out beyond yourself?

Wedding Decor

Having a rustic wedding doesn’t always mean burlap and mason jars, even though we will always love them! You can utilize everything that reminds you of sitting outside at a bonfire on a summer evening, the smell of s’mores roasting in the fire and leaves falling all around.

Think about utilizing that small tree that needs to come down on your property and all those gorgeous maple leaves and pine cones falling around you and turning them into the perfect wedding favors!

Taking a look at our real New Hampshire brides, they have unique rustic weddings ideas that fit them perfectly!

Food & Drink

The food and drink you choose for your wedding should be what you want to eat and drink! Think about creating a seasonal menu and suggestions from the chef, but ultimately choose based off of your pallet. You should also consider creating a customized cocktail or drink for both the bride and the groom!

Start by thinking what is your go-to drink along with what’s trending or in-season and make it your own! Put a spin on old favorites; instead of just a Jack and Ginger, take a nice bottle of Jack Daniels, add in half teaspoon of honey with some fresh ginger and top the drink off with soda water.

Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas

Many of us have become eco-conscientious over the years and for a good reason. According to research, New Hampshire is the 9th most eco-friendly state but our two neighbors Vermont and Massachusetts are numbers 1 and 2 on that list respectively.

How can you stay eco-friendly? Let’s start with…

The Dress

Wearing a wedding dress for the first time can feel unreal, after all of those childhood wedding dreams it is finally becoming a reality! Many brides do have a problem with only being able to wear their wedding dress once then off to a sealed bag for the remainder of its life. Instead, try these options:

Wearing mom’s/grandma’s/auntie’s dress. This could be the same for any special person in your life. If you don’t love the dress exactly as it is, ask for a local seamstress to help modify the dress to your wants.

Renting a dress. Now, this option is becoming more popular as wedding dress prices have increased over the years. Look at a site like:

Tradesy.com– Buy direct from other brides selling their gowns.

Buying from an eco-friendly designer. You can use a local designer or shop at up and coming sustainable designer Reformation.

The Invitations

Use recycled paper. Now, this is a must for an eco-friendly person but keep in mind that not only the paper should be recycled, but you could have a drop box at the wedding for those invitations.

Use seed paper. Everything from your save the dates to thank you cards can be made with seed paper from Bloomin.

At Bloomin our Seed Paper is made by hand in Boulder, CO. We take un-dyed, 100% post-consumer/ post-industrial recycled paper, break it down into paper pulp that started as FSC paper. We use old-school paper making techniques and handmade molds and deckles to handcraft each sheet. Bloomin Paper is packed with flower, vegetable, herb, grass, tree and many other varieties of seeds. Its easy to grow and cultivate! For consumers who receive seed paper, just soak the paper in water, plant under a thin layer of soil, and watch our seed paper take root and sprout in a few short days!

 

The Night

Make sure the flowers are organic. Ask your florist for all organic flowers that are in season.

Have the wedding outside. If possible, having an outdoor wedding will save on energy for the lights during the ceremony.

Have a recycle bin. We mentioned this before, you can help the venue if the do recycle or make sure all items get recycled yourself afterward.

Team up with another bride to share all decorations. This can be tricky since you both have to compromise, but you can help save the environment and costs with this option!

Favorite Fall Wedding Ideas

The air is starting a become crisp and the leaves are starting to change. That means the start of Fall is right around the corner and the autumn colors will be a focal point of many weddings moving forward. We couldn’t be more excited to see all of these Fall wedding ideas!

Bridal Cover-ups and Jackets

From a button-up flannel to a gorgeous knitted sweater, covering up on a cool wedding day will showcase your personal style while keeping you warm all night! You could even wear your favorite leather jacket or incorporate lace shelves.

Taste of the Season

Fall Drinks

We are lucky to live in a state with amazing apple orchards that make the best apple cider. So, it’s no surprise that many of our brides incorporate apple cider bowls, spiked and unspiked, for their guests to enjoy. A hot chocolate bar is another great option that kids and adults will love! The kids can add in peppermint sticks and the adults can head to the bar to add peppermint schnapps!

Fall Desserts

Cranberries, plums, apples, pumpkin, cinnamon, blackberries, all of the best Fall dessert flavors! You can incorporate these flavors in the different layers of your cake or by choosing cupcakes with multiple flavors! One idea we’ve seen that was jam-packed with flavor was a pie bar! They had apple, blueberry, pumpkin, chocolate cream, you name it!

Fall Favors

You can have your guests leaving with the taste of Fall! Some of the best maple syrup is next door to us at the Intervale Farm Pancake House. You could also gift jams or honey, from NH Honey Bee and Apple Hill Farm.

Fall Flowers

Picking the right flowers can take a lot of thought and effort. What color, what smell, what price? It can all be overwhelming at times! That’s why we suggest looking at seasonal flowers, it will be good for your budget and you automatically eliminate choices from your list! Sunflowers, gardenias, and French tulips are some of our favorites we’ve been seeing!

Guide to the Perfect Wedding Dress

Reem Acra, Bridal Fall 2019, New York, October 4 2018

Every women deserves to feel beautiful on their wedding day but not every dress can flatter your shape to its fullest!  Find your perfect dress with our simple tips!

Pear Shaped:

A-lines will flatter your shape the most because of the gradual flare. You might also want to try on dresses with spaghetti-straps and/or a V-neck to show a more slender upper body.

Apple-Shaped:

Find a dress that clinches your small point on your waistline that will then flare out into an A-line. Ruche and lace detailing will create a camouflage illusion that will also make a corset effect. You should also look for a deep V-neck.

Hour Glass:

The hourglass shape is what most women are thriving for. No matter what dress type you chose, look for dresses that clinch you at the smallest point in your waist.

Straight & Lean:

Try looking for a ball gown that will clinch you at your natural waist and descend into a full skirt that will camouflage a lack of curves. You can also look for a sheath dress that is cut on the bias that will make you look more hourglass shaped.

Small Chested:

Look for a dress with more fabric on the bodice. The more detailing and fabric up top will make an illusion of curves.

Busty:

Look for dresses with a scooped or sweetheart neckline that doesn’t show off too much cleavage but avoid straight necklines that would make your bust look bigger.

Plus-Sized:

Empire waists that a skirt that starts right under the bust with an A-line shape will allow you to play up you shape. Avoid pleating in the fabric to avoid the maternity look and possibly add an illusion of more weight.

Tall:

Look for a more simple embellished dress and silhouette. Make sure all your proportions are correct from your sleeves, waistline, and hemline. If not it may look like you borrowed a dress.

Petite:

Look for trumpet, sheath, and modified A-line dresses with a high waistline. This will make your legs seem longer.

 There are so many amazing dress in NH shops! 

Modern Bride & Formal Shop

Marry & Tux Bridal

Shopping Tips:

Schedule your wedding dress appointment early in the day to have a better chance of an empty shop and the full attention of your consultant

Make sure you love the top of your dress. The top of your dress will be what people will notice first and will show up in most wedding photos because people take photos from the waist up.

You don’t have to bring an audience when trying on dresses. This day is about you and what you want, don’t let their opinions skew your choice.

Wear a beautiful and perfectly fitted bra while trying on dresses. Not only is it important for fit but also you will feel good looking at a gorgeous bra between dresses.

Ask all the questions you think of! Your consultant is there to find the perfect dress for you, ask them every question you want answered!