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Vermont Bride Summer/Fall 2017 Issue is Now Available | Vermont and New England Destination Wedding Inspiration | Wedding Photographers, Florists, Caterers, Officiants, Decorating, Rentals, Venues, Favors, Honeymoons, Makeup Artists, Wedding Gowns, Registries and more!

We are so excited to announce that the Summer/Fall 2017 issue of Vermont Bride hit newsstands last week! Vermont Bride is 132 thick, glossy pages of wedding inspiration from all over New England and the rest of the country. We have a balance of trendy wedding inspiration ideas, informative articles for wedding planning, and gorgous spreads of real Vermong wedding albums and love stories. In this issue we cover inspiration for all four seasons, starting with winter and ending with fall there are eye catching color palettes and themes. The Summer/Fall issue also covers our favorite wedding styles and themes! There are nine real Vermont weddings to inspire you and show you what other couples have done with popular venues throughout the state. Read their love stories to learn how they fell in love and how they planned their special day!

Vermont Bride Summer/Fall 2017 Issue is Now Available | Vermont and New England Destination Wedding Inspiration | Wedding Photographers, Florists, Caterers, Officiants, Decorating, Rentals, Venues, Favors, Honeymoons, Makeup Artists, Wedding Gowns, Registries and more!

Look for the Summer/Fall 2017 issue in major magazine retailers throughout New England, New York, and New Jersey. You may also spot some at our recommended wedding professionals throughout Vermont! Or you can always order your copy direct from our website, on our Buy Issues page.

 

Music Inspiration for your wedding - Memories to last a lifetime - Why you should consider live musicians at your wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine
photo: Letter10 Creative

Flash forward in time. It’s your 10th, 25th, or maybe 50th anniversary and you’re looking back on your wedding day. You chuckle together about the flower girl who unexpectedly stopped half way down the aisle, mesmerized by all the people, and the sweet if slightly embarrassing words shared about you by your minister or rabbi or officiant. You look at the lilacs growing outside the window of your home, smell the scent, and revel in the same soft purple grace you enjoyed at your wedding. When you hum your special song, or play the recording on the stereo, and dance through the halls of your home, your breath catches as you remember the moment of your walk down the aisle, the moment the musicians played your special song in the middle of the ceremony, or your first dance together as a married couple, and the music that filled the room on that day.

Music can be one of the most significant factors which will establish the ambiance, and color the memories, of your wedding day. With so many options available to today’s couples, where do you start in making music choices that will resonate for both of you – and leave memories that will still catch your breath on your 50th anniversary?

First, talk with your partner about what you like in music. Do you dream of a quartet serenading you down the aisle with your favorite classical music standards, or would you prefer a soloist or a duo with a Celtic lilt? Or perhaps you want to steer clear of traditional choices and pick some favorite pop or Broadway tunes. Do you have a special song already that you’d like to include in the ceremony? Or would you like to choose a special tune together that will become “your song?” What sort of musician would be best suited to play that tune? Do you have an ensemble in mind, or will you be finding a soloist or group of musicians that will play the repertoire you have in mind? Do you have any special memories of playing or hearing music in the past in a way that really influenced you? And what can you afford for music? The greater the number of musicians, the greater the price – so you’ll need to keep that in mind when choosing between a soloist, a duo, a quartet, or a full band. These are all important questions to explore together before you get too far in the planning!

You may have no idea what you’d like, and that’s ok too! Here are some thoughts on the next steps.

First, consider the value of live music. The feeling, the vibrancy, the life, the color of the mood of live music played by live musicians is something that will resonate in your experience of the day, in the experience of your guests, and in your memories. Ever been at a wedding where the bride is ready to walk down the aisle and a relative is having difficulty finding the right spot on the CD, or the speaker is blasting shrieks of feedback, the plug gets disconnected, or someone can’t find the off button after the bride reaches the front? With live music, there will be real and experienced people who have tailored the thoughts of you and your interests into their preparation, and who enjoy reveling in your dreams for the day and weave them into your repertoire choices, while shaping the music to fit each portion of your wedding.

The next step: browse some web sites. You can either do this together or have one of you do the initial research and report back. For starters, click here for an overview of some of the top musicians in the state.  Talk about what each of you likes and doesn’t like about a particular option, laugh a little at the differences of perspective, and revel in the similarities. Check with musicians about availability, pricing, and any other questions you may have. The joy that you find in making the choices, and in the memories created, may end up being a part of the glue that holds your marriage together and keeps a lift in your step and a glimmer in your eye for many years to come.

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She also teaches flute in Montpelier, Vermont Lebanon, New Hampshire, and online to students worldwide.

 

Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK issue number 8 | Vermont and New England Wedding Inspiration | Free digital publication for planning your wedding

The eighth issue of the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK is now available! Our LOOKBOOK is a digital publication that comes out twice a year and features inspiration for your Vermont and New England wedding with stylized photo shoots featuring the latest trends in design, themes, and decor, as well as real wedding stories from weddings held at some of Vermont's best venues and featuring the state's finest vendors. The LOOKBOOK is also a great resource for finding a variety of vendors to help you plan the wedding of your dreams. Each ad links directly to their listing on our website for more info, as well as a link to their website - planning a wedding has never been so easy!

And the best part about the LOOKBOOK is that it is easy to access from any device, and it is free to read! Easily share content with family and friends, or pin images to reference later. To read the Vermont Bride LOOKBOOK, issue number 8, right now click here!

cover image was provided by The Light + Color Photography and features floral design by The Village Green Florist Weddings & Events and a wedding gown from Fiori Bridal Boutique

 

Ceremony Processional Inspiration Videos | Vermont Bride Magazine | Valentine's Day Inspiration This Valentine’s Day, what could be more romantic to watch than a wedding processional? Here’s a sampler of videos with some fun ways of thinking about the wedding processional! Hopefully these will engage your romantic spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of adventure, while opening up your vision of a wedding processional in some unexpected and fun ways! Everyone loved the wedding of Catherine Middleton and Prince William, so let’s just start there! Catherine’s processional was “I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me” by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry, a British composer who lived from 1848-1918 – not your everyday processional music selection! Nor did anything else about their wedding qualify as “everyday.” I love the close-ups of their faces, and what a fun way to start this video processional adventure:

 

Changing gears completely, let’s have a look at an African styled wedding processional, shall we? Love the beat, and check out the stilts at about 1:30! And the smile on that bride – she’s clearly loving every moment:

 

OK – getting mellow again – get out the tissues if you haven’t yet, for this groom singing the bride up the aisle:

 

Get down, everybody, let’s dance:

 

Here’s a traditional Korean wedding – the bride enters at about 1:22:

 

I just love this sweet and mellow processional to a solo flute playing the theme to the movie “Braveheart:”

 

And while we’re in a Scottish theme, anyone for bagpipes?

 

In the next video, the two grooms assembled a large group of musicians, including many talented friends, for a rousing and touching entrance. This one features the musical performance very strongly – the grooms enter at about 10:00:

 

Something to think about: Pachelbel’s Canon is the most popular processional – but so often the folks who love the music only end up hearing a phrase or two before the bride has arrived at the altar. How about delaying the bride’s entrance and give everyone a little chance to anticipate?

 

For contrast again – I love the beat and the mellow sway of this African American processional:

 

The gentle, sweet vocals in this Jewish wedding processional end with the bride circling the groom seven times before the couple moves to the huppah. The Seven Circles is a Jewish tradition representing the seven wedding blessings and seven days of creation, and demonstrating that the groom is the center of her world. I recommend having tissues handy again, before the groom starts singing for the bride’s entrance:

 

And, well, this is Vermont, and we couldn’t be complete without Maria’s processional from “The Sound of Music.” Not sure I’d recommend a tune representing “How do you solve a problem like (name of bride or groom) – but I guess it worked for Julie Andrews, and it does sound lovely in context:

 

Enjoy! And Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Lisa Carlson is a freelance flutist, performing for weddings and other occasions throughout Vermont and beyond, with musical offerings ranging from a quartet of flute with violin, viola and cello, to solo flute, to duos and trios of flute with harp, violin, piano, cello, oboe, and more. She maintains a studio in Montpelier, Vermont, and teaches flute in Vermont, in Lebanon, NH, and online to students worldwide.

 

Engaged, Now What? | Wedding Planning Checklist | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique

In planning a wedding, there are many professionals to be contacted.  Below is a list of such potential  “Wedding Related Contacts”:

  • Attire
  • Baker
  • Band/DJ
  • Caterer(s)
  • Ceremony Coordinator
  • Florist
  • Hairstylist
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Jeweler
  • Make-Up Artist
  • Manicurist (Manicure/Pedicure)
  • Music
  • Photographer
  • Reception Coordinator
  • Rehearsal Dinner Coordinator
  • Rental Agency
  • Transportation (Stretch Limo, Classic/Luxury/Own Car, Specialized – Horse & Buggy, etc.)
  • Travel Agency (Honeymoon)
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Guest List Coordinator/Planner
  • Wedding Dress Boutique
  • Wedding Officiant (Religious or Civil)

The following information should be compiled for each of the above pertinent contacts as well as for any of their assistants and back-up professionals.  

  • Complete Professional Name
  • Business Address
  • Business E-Mail Address
  • Personal E-Mail Address
  • Business Website Address
  • Work Phone Number
  • Home Phone Number
  • Business Cell/Pager Number
  • Personal Cell/Pager Number

Inquire as to the following about each pertinent contact as well as their associate/assistant and arranged professional back-up:

  • How many years have they been in Business?
  • Inquire as to their Professional Experience?
  • Are they licensed with the State/Liquor Board?
  • Are they Accredited in their Field/Profession?
  • Do they have Liability/Facility Insurance? Verify?
  • What services will actually be provided?
  • Do they work alone or have an associate/assistant and if so how many?
  • Will they be your primary contact?
  • Will they personally attend your scheduled events or send an associate/assistant and if so, how?
  • Will they personally perform service (photographer/videographer/ florist, etc.) or will someone else provide actual services and if so, how?
  • If they are personally performing service(s), will they also have an assistant performing as well?
  • How available will they be during/after business hours as well as during weekends if required?
  • Do they have a Professional Back-Up available and if so, who?
  • Do they have another wedding commitment on your wedding day or that weekend?
  • Have they previously worked at your Ceremony and/or Reception Sites?
  • What type of equipment will be used by photographer, videographer, Rental Agency?
  • How many cameras will be used throughout ceremony and reception?
  • Do they have any Restrictions or Denominational issues that you should be aware of?
  • What are their Payment and Cancellation Policies?
  • Request samples of cakes/menu items, attend a performance event of musician(s), request to see photographer’s wedding photo albums/videographer’s wedding video/florist’s wedding photo albums, check-out rental equipment condition, etc.

Personally interview/speak with all associates/assistants and back-up people involved in planning your wedding.  And also obtain all of the above pertinent information for each of them.

Request a list of references in conjunction with considering each professional.   It is extremely important that you thoroughly check out their references.  Remember that you will be depending upon each of them to achieve a well-planned and stress-free wedding.  And be very certain that you like and feel comfortable with the individuals you select to assure for a good working relationship throughout the extended period of planning for your wedding; right up to and including the day of your wedding.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.