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CONTENTS FROM THE SPRING 2010 ISSUE
Read our special story from the Spring issue on Wedding Cakes, featuring a list of Vermont cake designers with large, detailed images to look at and savor. Read And Now For The Cake online here.
Cover Photograph by Justin Cash Photography
The beautiful bride on our Spring cover is Sabrina Marie Sikora.
You may have a vision of how you want the overall event to go, but keep some flexibility in your plans. You never know when a great idea will hit you that you can incorporate. Also, it is a big day where there are a lot of players at work. Little things can get forgotten or go wrong. Don’t let it bother you. This is a day for you to show all the loved ones in your life just how important your fiancé’ is to you.
If you have a skill that others may find useful, put it to work! I bartered for my bridesmaid dresses by modeling for the company who made them. As long as the value for the services is equal, then there should be no reason why you shouldn’t give it a go!
Gone are the days when the tablecloths, bridesmaid dresses, and flowers were are the same shade of mauve. Now days you can play up your style and let your personality shine through!
At our wedding, all of the printed materials were different yet they all had a central theme of traveling. The Save The Dates were photo postcards and the seating cards were vintage movie posters of places that we had visited together. We also had a tree logo that was used on everything from cocktail napkins to welcome bags to thank you notes. All five of the bridesmaid dresses were different styles and colors, as were their bouquets, but they all went together.The centerpieces were all different as well. I had found several pieces of vintage silver at antique stores. The florist filled the silver tea pots, vases, champagne buckets, and pitchers with fall colored blooms.
Have fun and let your imagination run wild! It also makes for much more lively photos!
This is a biggie for me and I realized just how right I was after the wedding was over and done with. Once that big day has passed, all you have left is the photos. Vermont has some incredible talent! Check out the websites, meet the faces behind the lens and choose who you click with. They will be over your shoulder all day and night, so you want someone fun who shares your vision.
This is an important one. You will be standing more often than not and the last thing you want to be thinking about is the blister that is forming on your little toe. Put some gel insoles in, break them in before hand, and then dance the night away!
www.Ewedding.com offers free sites that you can personalize. You can feature everything from how you met, to photos, to hotel information, and your registry on the site. This was a big help to us as we are based in Hong Kong and had guests traveling in from California and Australia! Our website was a great tool for everyone and answered all their questions. I had the site printed on business cards and included these in all invitations and thanks you’s! I later had the site name forward to our website where the photos were posted.
As soon as guests arrived at their respective hotels, they were greeted with an overflowing goody bag. I had reusable unbleached canvas totes with “Vermont 9.19.09” imprinted on them. The bag was stuffed with maps, fudge, breath mints, maple syrup, granola bars, and a personalized welcome note. Everything was packable for the flight home including the syrup which was less than 3 oz. for those flying with only carry on bags!
With the current state of the economy, it is important to do some number crunching and see what you really can afford. There are so many ways to be creative and save money without sacrificing your vision. Getting yourself into debt from the wedding is no way to start a new life together. Write out all of your must-haves and then see how there may be less expensive yet comparable alternatives and save yourselves the stress when the balance comes due!
This is the most fun-filled, loving day of your life. Everyone is there to see you and your other half get married. That is the main event. Take a deep breath and let the day happen as it will. Enjoy it all because it flies by in a blink. You can cry if you feel the need, but remember to smile while you take it all in. You are getting married! Congratulations!
The beautiful bride on our Spring cover is Sabrina Marie Sikora. Read the love story.