REAL WEDDING: Fall in Love

Congratulations to the beautiful newly married couple, Joann & Jim Tantillo!

“We were introduced to each other through mutual friends. We hit it off right away, finding out we had a lot in common. In just 6 months we were living together. In just a year and one month we were engaged. Jim proposed just five minutes after midnight on New Year’s, surrounded by the very same friends who introduced us. It was the perfect way to kick off 2017!”

Bridal Shop

Joann actually asked a family friend, Marney Grimes, to make her ideal dress from scratch! We are breathtaking on how elegant this beaded satin dress is, great job, Marney! Her bridesmaids looked stunning in their floor-length maroon dresses. While the men kept it simple on the outside with their grey suits and brought out their inner superheroes on the inside!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Flowers

The newly pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Tantillo had their beautifully arranged flowers by Hollyhock Flowers, located right here in Henniker, NH!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Cake

Joann & Jim purchased their simple and deliciously crafted wedding cake and wedding cupcakes from a local favorite, Jacques Pastries.

 

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Hair & Makeup

Joann looked stunning with her hair and makeup styling by Mr. T’s Styling Salon in Claremont, NH. Her long lashes and pulled back hair showcases her bright eyes!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

DJ

The guests were able to dance all night thanks to the musical talents of Pat Messina from Get Down Tonight. Look at all of those good moves!

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Photography

Joann & Jim were able to capture each moment of their wedding by the beautifully talented, Suzanna March Photography.

“My style is a laid back mix between photojournalism and casually posed portraiture. Especially when shooting weddings there are certain times of day where one style or approach might be more beneficial or appropriate than another. My clients trust me with some of the most important moments of their lives. This allows me to be relaxed and creative while shooting and deliver images that capture their style, personality, and love authentically.”

Photos are thanks to Suzanna March Photography

Our How to Guide on Wedding Bookings

When is the best time to book a wedding venue, our hotel rooms, our flights? This is a question we hear every day! That’s why we want to break down our guide to booking wedding venues, hotel rooms, honeymoon flights, we cover it all!

Wedding Venue

Picking the perfect wedding venue can be overwhelming. It’s important to find a venue that fits your wedding style and your budget! Then, once you’ve found that perfect venue, you need to make sure you book it before your dream date is all booked up! We suggest booking your wedding venue at least 10 months ahead of time, but we highly suggest booking one year from the date. This gives you enough time to plan your wedding and choose a date that works perfectly!

 

Hotel Rooms

Choosing a hotel for your wedding can be a tough task on its own. You need to make sure it’s close to the venue and then consider transportation for your guests. You also need to choose a hotel that fits all of your needs. Finding the perfect spot can be difficult. That’s why we suggest starting to look for a hotel after you’ve booked your venue and to block off rooms for your guests six to nine months in advance.

Flights

Flights can be one of the trickiest purchases for brides since the prices fluctuate every day!

BEST DAYS AND TIMES TO BUY

Booking 3.5 months before your departure is typically where you’ll find the most affordable ticket prices. However, you should keep an eye on the changes in prices and the days of the week.

The best time to book a flight in the U.S. is usually Tuesday at about 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This may come across as arbitrary. However, many airlines release weekly sales late Monday or early Tuesday and by mid-afternoon, competing airlines have matched the lowest prices to show up on the first results page.

It’s also important to note that if you book flight times that are considered inconvenient, overnight or during meal times, those flights are typically priced at a lower cost. You can also consider traveling on a Tuesdays, Wednesday, Saturdays for domestic flights or midweek for any international flights to reduce cost.

Our 5 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!

The 48 Most-Banned Wedding Songs

It’s impressive how DJs can read the crowd during your wedding day and just seem to play the songs that get your friends and family up on the dance floor all night long. However, there may be a song you and your fiancé just can’t stand anymore or just don’t like. That’s why FiveThirtyEight surveyed over two dozen professional DJs on nearly 200 weddings to find the 48 songs that couples axed.

The Top Ten

The biggest clue from the top ten banned songs is to avoid any song that has a dance included. It seems like most couples aren’t fans of all of their guests busting the same moves at the same time.

SONG MOST COMMON ARTIST* SHARE OF WEDDINGS
1 Chicken Dance 23.10%
2 Cha-Cha Slide DJ Casper 22.5
3 Macarena Los Del Rio 17.6
4 Cupid Shuffle Cupid 16.5
5 YMCA Village People 15.4
6 Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths 12.6
7 Hokey Pokey 10.4
8 Wobble V.I.C. 7.1
9 Happy Pharrell Williams 5.5
10 Shout Isley Brothers 5.5

The 48 Most-Banned Wedding Songs

Amazingly, Queen Bey herself is even on this list! Could it be because couples don’t want their guests busting this iconic move? Or will the couple feel let out as they are officially not a single lady?

The number of iconic singers on this list might come to a surprise, especially for us New Englanders seeing Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” as taboo! Billy Idol, Celine Dion, and AC/DC even made an appearance on this list. One of the most jaw-dropping listings for us has to be “Wagon Wheel”, for anyone who has spent time in our Pub, that is a staple song for us when Nick’s Other Band plays with their young fiddler, Reed!

The Full List of Most-Banned Wedding Songs

SONG MOST COMMON ARTIST* SHARE OF WEDDINGS
1 Chicken Dance 23.10%
2 Cha-Cha Slide DJ Casper 22.5
3 Macarena Los Del Rio 17.6
4 Cupid Shuffle Cupid 16.5
5 YMCA Village People 15.4
6 Electric Boogie (Electric Slide) Marcia Griffiths 12.6
7 Hokey Pokey 10.4
8 Wobble V.I.C. 7.1
9 Happy Pharrell Williams 5.5
10 Shout Isley Brothers 5.5
11 Love Shack The B-52’s 4.9
12 We Are Family Sister Sledge 4.4
13 Blurred Lines Robin Thicke 3.8
14 Celebration Kool & The Gang 3.8
15 Cotton Eye Joe Rednex 3.8
16 Dancing Queen ABBA 3.8
17 Don’t Stop Believin’ Journey 3.8
18 Single Ladies Beyoncé 3.8
19 Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond 3.8
20 Turn Down for What DJ Snake, Lil Jon 3.8
21 Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Silentó 3.8
22 Hot in Herre Nelly 2.7
23 Mony Mony Billy Idol 2.7
24 All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2.2
25 Baby Got Back Sir Mix-A-Lot 2.2
26 Booti Call Blackstreet 2.2
27 Gangnam Style Psy 2.2
28 Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich 2.2
29 Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees 2.2
30 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd 2.2
31 Uptown Funk Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars 2.2
32 Wagon Wheel Nathan Carter 2.2
33 What Do You Mean? Justin Bieber 2.2
34 All of Me John Legend 1.6
35 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen 1.6
36 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1.6
37 Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 1.6
38 Footloose Kenny Loggins 1.6
39 Get Low Lil Jon 1.6
40 Hey Ya! Outkast 1.6
41 Hotline Bling Drake 1.6
42 I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor 1.6
43 My Heart Will Go On Celine Dion 1.6
44 SexyBack Justin Timberlake 1.6
45 Shake It Off Taylor Swift 1.6
46 Sugar Maroon 5 1.6
47 Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 1.6
48 You Shook Me All Night Long AC/DC 1.6