REAL WEDDING: Rustic Elegance

Congratulations to the beautiful newly married couple, Kellie and Adam Moore!

“Adam and I met when we were both working part time at a restaurant. Even though I didn’t want much to do with him (which he pointed out to everyone in his vows to me ūüėä), he continued to get my attention and once we started hanging out I quickly fell in love with him. It was clear we were meant to be together and less than 2 years after dating we are happily married.”

Are you ready for some #Pinspiration? Kellie and Adam had a beautiful wedding with a rustic elegance theme with a focus on succulents.

Bridal Shop

Kellie¬†purchased her stunning sweetheart neckline gown with a beaded corset and ruffled skirt from I Do, Again in Milford, NH. Her bridesmaids¬†glowed in their knee-length dresses that matched the subtle blue colors of the bride’s bouquet as the men, looking handsome, matched with the same blue in their ties.

Flowers

Mr. & Mrs. Moore had their flowers perfectly crafted by the experts at Curious Floral. Each bouquet and corsage was handcrafted and the attention to detail is exquisite!

Cake

The beautiful couple purchased their simple but elegant wedding cake from Sam’s Club. The addition of the¬†succulents and the dinosaur cake topper brought a little extra light into the beauty of its simplicity.

 

Hair & Makeup

Brooke Yonge from Paul Edward SalonSpa did a remarkable job showcasing Kellie’s natural beauty with a half-updo and elegant makeup.

DJ

Their gusts danced the night away with the help of Chris Brunelle and Party Time Productions!

Photography

Kellie and Adam were able to capture each moment of their wedding by the talented, Teri Lynn Photography! Teri Lynn will be the perfect photographer to capture your special day!

Your Guide to a Local Wedding

We are big supporters of supporting local businesses! We love our small community of Henniker, NH and we know the rest of the country relies on their small businesses just as much as we do! Many of our couples will go out of their way to support their local companies when planning their wedding.

Most brides choose to have their wedding located in or near the city they live. However, if you are having a wedding elsewhere, you can still incorporate your local businesses and the local businesses of your destination!

Having the perfect local centered wedding can be easy by asking these questions:

1. Who owns the business I am shopping in?

Finding the owner of the business should be easy enough as going to their “About Me” page on their website. However, sometimes we can’t find the information, or we are unsure, this is when we should send them an email or pick up the phone and ask them! Let the business know you are curious about working with them on your wedding but want to know more about them to see if it’s a good fit!

Also be aware that some businesses may be franchised. This means that the owner has purchased the rights to run the business under the branded name. The franchised business owner is typically local and may very well be a great local business to shop from!

2. Who manages the store I am shopping in?

Even if you choose to purchase from a corporation and not a small business, the money you are spending could still stay local. Look into the employees working for the company at the location you are interested in buying from! Those employees are from your community and shopping in that store does support them.

3. What does this business do to support the community?

If you are interested¬†in working with local businesses, you are probably doing so to support your community! That’s why looking at what the business does for the community¬†can be a great idea of knowing who shares your same values. During your first few meetings, ask them about what they are doing in their community and check your local news source for any leads on locally centered businesses.

Where to Find Local Businesses:

You know you want to work with a local business but how exactly do we find the perfect shops? This comes from looking at a couple sources to find leads. After you find your leads, always make sure to do your own research on the company, this allows you to understand more about their values and if they are the right fit for your wedding!

The Knot

The Knot is one of the most well-known wedding sources for brides today. They are a surplus of information on their site including local vendors. All you need to do is view the local vendor marketplace page to find a list of leads for your search!

Wedding Wire

Wedding Wire is one of our brides top go-to wedding sites! They have lots of fantastic vendors listed on their website to help with any wedding inquiry you can think of!

Your Venue

One the best sources of information if from your venue itself! Most venues have a running list of the most highly rated services their brides have used! We highly suggest using that list above any other because those services have already worked with the venue and will be well aware of the necessities of your wedding!

 

Authentically New Hampshire Rustic

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.

Creating a Seating Chart that makes Everyone Happy

So you’ve invited all of your friends and family to your wedding, how exciting! Now, with all of the RSVP’s swarming into your mailbox, it’s time to get organized and find everyone a spot to sit!

To Number or Not to Number

We typically see that tables are numbered, and for good reason, it helps everyone understand the layout of the room, and you can easily find people when they say they’re at a particular table. However, you may want to consider not numbering your table and use cities, mountains, colors, or something special between the two of you¬†instead.

Here’s why, when you number tables people automatically assume the lower the number, the better friends you are with the couple. This isn’t true! Sometimes, finding people seats with other people they like or would like means you’re seated at a higher numbered table. This can be especially hard if your parents are divorced and would prefer to sit in separate locations, what parents get the lower numbered table?

Family Tables

Typically the parents of the couple would sit opposite each other with the grandparents and other close relatives (the officiant too). However, as we mentioned earlier, some parents may be divorced so consider the option of each parent and their spouse to host their own table close to the front of the room to defuse any awkwardness that could have arisen otherwise.

Don’t Over Think Friends

Your wedding venue will typically tell you the table sizes they are using and the¬†amount of people that can be seated at each table. Also, remember that people will only be sitting for a short while during dinner at the reception. Everyone will want to mingle during cocktail hour, and then it’s on your feet to dance the night away!

You just need to make sure that the people at the table will get along for that short window of sitting time. Most of your friends¬†will get along with your other friends, that’s why you’re¬†friends with them in the first place! Just don’t sit the two political talkers from each side at the same table for everyone else’s sake.

No need to stress though that every table has the perfect mix of people, just remember that people are most comfortable when they know some of their seated companions. Not even your most sociable friend will want to sit at a table full of complete strangers, so put acquaintances together when you can.

If you have a friend¬†that may not know anyone else, that childhood friend from a different state that hasn’t met any of your buddies; then you could think of allowing them a plus one (even if you aren’t allowing them across the board) and seat them near guests with similar interests.

Don’t Forget the Kids!

If you’re allowing children at your wedding, try to put all kids 5 and up at a table of their own. If the child is under 5, consider placing them with their parents as they might not be comfortable at a table without them.¬†If your flower girl and ring bearer are the only children present, most definitely seat them with their parents.

 

5 Reasons We Love Zola

You’ve made it this far, you can do it! We know planning a wedding is stressful and includes tons of components, one being a wedding registry. Why do you need one? Having a wedding registry allows guests to give you a gift you not only love but many times, need. Couples all have different circumstances. In fact, now of days it’s becoming more popular for couples to have already bought their first home together before they get married. That means that not every couple will be looking for a blender on their big day.

We love the idea of unique¬†wedding registries, we’ve even written¬†a blog post on it before! But we can’t be without a great wedding registry system that allows us to utilize the internet to its fullest. That’s why we were so excited when we heard of Zola!

Zola is an all-in-one registry for the modern couple. Unlike traditional registries, Zola offers the opportunity to register for the best products, experiences, and cash and honeymoon funds. There’s something for every couple regardless of their stage in the relationship! We also offer group gifting and price matching options which make it easy for guests to buy gifts. Once the gift is purchased, the Zola user has the option to ship it whenever they’d like, and even exchange items for store credit or transfer cash gifts.

Reasons We Love Zola

1. Easy to Sign Up & Register Gifts

Opening up an account is free and super easy! It took us only about 1 minute, then we got to start registering, just take a look at our account. The search results are perfect, you can choose the color, brand, price, etc. to find exactly what you want. They even explain why they love each product! They even have registry checklists custom to your needs and wants!

2. More than Just Stuff

One of our favorite parts about Zola, you can create a custom fund for a trip, buying a home, anything your heart desires! Your guests can either give fixed amounts, or they can give a personalized amount, it all depends on your preference.

A local bride, Emily, also raved to us about this feature saying,

The biggest reason we used Zola was that it was a universal¬†registry. We didn’t have to just choose items from a few different stores. We could choose the exact item we wanted without having to register at like 10 places. It just made it easier on us because you can add an item easily to your registry with their Zola extension from your phone or laptop no matter what site you were on (Amazon, Crate and Barrel, Macy’s, Keurig etc).

3. Price Planning, Price Matching, & Free Shipping

Move over Amazon, Zola has your best features covered. Price matching is a staple in the digital world and this wedding registry didn’t forget it! But be quick, they give a 48-hour window for price matching. Free shipping is also available¬†for items that ship by ground shipping.

Zola also include a planning feature that shows a chart of the price of your gifts and recommendations for how many gifts in each range! So much easier than taking it by ear.

4. Custom Web link

When you utilize a traditional wedding registry, you either have to go in store or try to find where the store’s online registry exists and sometimes information about the bride and groom you may not know. That’s why it is so convenient that you are given an easy to use web link for your wedding! Check it out, our is zola.com/registry/patspeak¬†it will fit perfectly on any save the date!

5. Customized Shipping 

That same local bride, Emily, let us know about the hands down best feature to ever come from a registry:

If people weren’t coming to the shower or if a bride was having a shower away from her house, people could choose the option to ship to home but the bride chooses when they should be shipped. Just makes it easier rather than having a bunch of different shipments arrive at different times, I could ship them all at the same time. Or if I were traveling, they wouldn’t be delivered while I was away.