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Traditional cake is not the only choice when it comes to dessert at your wedding. In fact, more times than not these days, we as wedding photographers are seeing trends in smaller bite-sized desserts and tables full of colorful candies, with take-home bags that can double as guest favors. The sweet-tooth in me just loves this trend, though I rarely get the time to indulge. Here are my top five favorite dessert trends right now:

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream | Vermont Bride Magazine

ICE CREAM, ESPECIALLY BEN & JERRY’S CARTS

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Pie | Vermont Bride Magazine

PIE

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Cookies & Milk | Vermont Bride Magazine

COOKIES AND MILK

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Candy Bars | Vermont Bride Magazine

CANDY BARS

 

 

Wedding Dessert Trends | Bite Size Dessert Barns and Mini Cupcakes | Vermont Bride Magazine

BITE-SIZED DESSERT BARS AND MINI-CUPCAKES

 all photos by Letter10 Creative

Hi! I’m Jamie – a photographer and designer at Letter10 CreativeA fourth-generation Vermonter, I’m inspired by Vermont’s natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle, food and people. When not documenting love stories, I’m a board member of The Vermont Association of Wedding Professionals, and Secretary for Vermont Professional Photographers. I enjoy teaching Zentangle, playing disc-golf and tasting my way around the world. My husband is also named Jaime, and I love that we get to photograph weddings together

 

Wedding Music 101 with Lisa Carlson | Vermont Bride Magazine
Photo by The Light + Color Photography

Many brides envision walking down the aisle to their favorite processional before they are even engaged! Tunes played by their favorite ensemble waft through their minds as they envision the guests arriving during the prelude, and then the big moment – the grand entrance! And then of course Mendelssohn Wedding March for the recessional – or maybe anything BUT the Mendelssohn – but either way, it’s all just as clear as a bell - a wedding bell that is. One phone call or email, sign the contract, and the music is set!

But some of you may be saying “Whoa! Wait a minute! What’s a prelude? I don’t have a favorite processional – I don’t have a clue what I’d like to walk in to. Mendel-who?” Trust me, YOU are not alone. I’ve spoken with many brides over the years, and the first thing you should be aware of is that no matter what you know or what you don’t know yet, you are not the only one in that boat. Furthermore, this is your wedding and you deserve to understand the big picture regarding your special music choices – and don’t let anyone make you feel awkward about asking a basic question - anything!

 So on that note, for those of you just starting this process and a little queasy about how to even know where to start, here’s a little explanation of some basic terms and an overview to get you started on your wedding music planning.

First, a few terms:

Ensemble:  Ensemble (relative to wedding music) refers to a group of musicians who play together.

Repertoire: The word repertoire (reh’-per-twar) refers to the specific musical selections/songs/tunes/pieces you choose, or have available. Different musicians have different types and ranges of repertoire available. In some cases, your repertoire will be limited to a specific list of offerings from a chosen ensemble, or a specific style of music. In other cases, your repertoire options are very wide. In many cases, making unique repertoire choices outside of your chosen ensemble’s standard repertoire will be possible with an extra fee to cover music purchase and/or time spent arranging or rehearsing that music.

Prelude:  The first music your guests will hear when they arrive on site is called the prelude. For weddings, the word prelude means any and all music that’s played from the time guests begin to arrive until the ceremony begins – normally about 20-30 minutes. If you choose an ensemble you like, you can normally just leave the specific repertoire choices for the prelude up to them – unless you have something either specific or general that you really want to hear. You can click the following link to find more thoughts regarding the prelude.

Processional: The processional is the big moment – the grand entrance! Most commonly, there are two musical selections for the processionals. The wedding party’s processional comes first – accompanying the bridesmaids (sometimes accompanied by groomsmen, or sometimes the groomsmen enter separately), the maid of honor, and finally the ring bearer(s) and/or flower girl(s). Once the flower girl has arrived at the altar, the bride’s processional begins. You can click the following link to find additional thoughts about processional choices. The most popular wedding processional tends to be Canon in D by Pachelbel – click the link for an article featuring YouTube videos of this piece in many different forms!

Interlude: An interlude is music in the middle of your ceremony – I find that about half of the weddings I play for have at least one interlude, and about half have none. Most commonly, an interlude may accompany a candle-lighting or other ritual. 

Recessional: The recessional is your walk back up the aisle at the end of the ceremony – your big introduction as a married couple, walking into the world together! 

So the bottom line is that you’ll most likely want to choose repertoire for two processionals and one recessional. The musicians you choose for your wedding will be able to offer many specific suggestions.

I’ll be writing more detail about all these aspects of wedding music, including both specific and general thoughts on how to make those special choices, so stay tuned for more. For now, I hope to make sure that ALL wedding couples can start the process with a basic understanding of the music lingo in order to begin forging into your planning with confidence!  

Lisa Carlson (LisaFlute.com), offers ensembles for weddings and other occasions in duos, trios, quartets in a variety of instrumental combinations, and is staff wedding music writer for Vermont Bride Magazine. She also maintains a private flute  studio in Montpelier, Vermont, in addition to teaching flute at Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, and online. 

 

95 Triple X Wedding Show | Essex Vermont | January 24th | Vermont Bride Magazine
If you haven't pre-registered for the 95 Triple X Bridal Show yet, don't worry - there is still time! This is the can't miss wedding planning event for anyone planning their nuptials in Vermont. It is taking place on January 24, from 12 to 3 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction.

Finding vendors online can only show you so much, but getting to meet them in person, talk to them face to face, and see (or taste!) samples of their products and services is an invaluable resource. Some of the area's finest wedding professionals will be there, including:

FIORI BRIDAL BOUTIQUE
SUPERSOUNDS ENTERTAINMENT

DAVID’S BRIDAL
HAMPTON INN BURLINGTON
MARY KAY COSMETICS
THE JARED JABAUT AGENCY
BENCHMARK MORTGAGE
PREMIER ENTERTAINMENT & EVENTS
THE MANSFIELD BARN
PERSONA SALON
BEN & JERRY’S BURLINGTON CATERING
HAVE YOUR CAKE CATERING by THE SKINNY PANCAKE
MILNE TRAVEL AMERICAN EXPRESS
DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT
KIM MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY
CENTRAL MARKET FLORIST AT PRICE CHOPPER
OASIS DAY SPA
PHOTOBOOTH PLANET
BARE MEDICAL SPA & LASER CENTER
BED, BATH & BEYOND
ONE CREDIT UNION
VERMONT BROWNIE COMPANY
MEN’S WEARHOUSE
ECCO
SPECTAC HEALTH FITNESS & PERFORMANCE
ECHO, LEAHY CENTER FOR LAKE CHAMPLAIN
SPECTAC HEALTH FITNESS & PERFORMANCE
SOIREE’S BY LORI
RODAN & FIELDS
AMANDA BADGLEY DESIGNS
SHERATON BURLINGTON HOTEL
MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL
VERMONT BRIDE

95 Triple X Bridal Show | Essex Vermont | January 24 | Fiori Bridal Boutique | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

A wedding is a true statement of the uniqueness of the couple, and these days anything goes, even down to the guest book. Years ago the tradition was to have a book for people to sign. We at Letter10 Creative offer customized guest books incorporating your engagement photos and pictures from your courtship, along with elements of your invitation so it matches your color scheme and style – a little more personalized than a plain-ole book.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

When my husband and I wed eight years ago we opted to go less traditional and do a polaroid album since we’re both photographers. We had guests take photos of each other, place them in an album and write a little note. We like to open it up every anniversary and giggle at the goofy-drinky faces, and see how much everyone has changed over the years. This same idea could also be used with a photo booth.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

If you prefer something to hang on your wall and admire every time you walk by, there are many options like matted photo frames, thumb-print  art pieces, and even plates to sign.

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

I just love anything homemade, and this memory quilt is no exception. What a wonderful item to pass on from generation to generation!

Guest Book Ideas for your Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

 

Edera Bridal Jewelry | Vermont Bride Magazine | Bridal Fashion

We are completely swooning over the gorgeous jewelry and accessories from Edera Jewelry! A Vermont based company, Edera is an artisan bridal jewelry line designed by Ivy Long. The 2016 collection is appropriately named "Aquarelle", a French word for a type of layered, watercolor paintings. That style concept is apparent throughout the collection, featuring gorgous pale hues of powder blue, apricot, blush pink, and sage green.

Edera Bridal Jewelry | Vermont Bride Magazine | Bridal Fashion

Edera teamed up with some of our other local favorites for a fashion photo shoot at All Souls Interfaith Gathering. Paired with a Celia Grace gown and a vintage gown loaned from Ceci Leibovitz Millinery, the Edera accessories stand out as heirloom quality pieces any bride would cherish forever. Ivy wanted a loose chignon hair style and a romantic makeup look, which Finishing Touch and Jennifer Perellie Makeup flawlessly created. And Ivy herself created the romantic, hand painted scroll seen above.

Edera Bridal Jewelry | Vermont Bride Magazine | Bridal Fashion