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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.

 

Engaged - Now What? | Wedding Planning Tips | Where to start with planning a wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Cat Cutillo Photography

In order to relieve much of the stress associated with planning for a wedding, it is essential to maintaining accurate on-going records covering all important aspects in preparing for your wedding. 

Regardless of hiring a Professional Wedding Planner or not, it is strongly recommended that you either purchase a good “Wedding Planner Book” or create a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” that you can customize to your particular needs.   Whatever your preference may be, it is critical to maintain good records for everything of significance pertaining to your wedding.

Below are two easy options for creating a “Personalized Wedding Planner Manual” using a 1-2” 11.5” x 9.5” Binder of your choice; available in many nice pastel colors.   Most binders have a clear front sheet protector that will allow you to decorate it as desired.

  • The first recommended and easiest option is to purchase a package of Avery A-Z Ready Index Dividers and insert them into your binder. Behind each Alphabetical Tab, file appropriately titled information; i.e., Section A, Activity Schedule; Section B, Bride’s Wedding Gown; Section C, Catering Services; Section D, Daily To-Do-List; etc.  With these dividers, Avery provides a website whereby you can create a Customized Table of Content.  
  • The second recommended option is to purchase several packages of either Avery’s Write-On-Tab Dividers (8 per package) or Insertable Plastic Label Tab Dividers (5 per package.  Insert them into your binder.  Next prepare a categorized list for each appropriate section of your binder; including those applicable of the recommended “18 Categories of Planning for a Wedding” of our March 30, 2016 Blog.   You can also create sub-sections; i.e., “Bride’s Wedding Gown”, “Bride Maids’ Gowns”, etc.  Next, label your section dividers in order of your created categorized list.   

In each case, all written reports should be filed behind appropriate category sections along with information relative to agreements, contacts, contracts, estimates, maps, pertinent articles, samples, quotations, schedules, special requests, etc; customized to your personal needs.  Add Sheet Protectors behind category sections to protect important documents such as contracts or to hold printed material. 

Start out your binder with a “Personalized Sheet” providing names of the Bride and Groom.  Also list both sets of Parents/Grandparents, the Maid of Honor, the Best Man, the Bride Maids, and other Family/Friends involved in your wedding.

Make up a “Proposal/Engagement Sheet” consisting of important information pertaining to this m0omentous occasion; i.e., the date, when and where it took place, was it a surprise, his precise proposal and your response, was it done privately or were others present.  Add any photographs taken of you at the time.  

A “Table of Contents” is also recommended for easy reference purposes. 

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.

January 30, 2017  TAGS:  RESOURCES  PLANNING

Engaged - Now What?

 

Engagement Tips - What to do after the proposal | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Somerby Jones Photography

If you are anything like me, or most people who are getting married for the first time, you may be totally lost when it comes to knowing where to begin in your wedding planning. I have come up with my top five must-do items to complete, upon getting engaged. Hope this is helpful!

  1. CALL, don’t text, all close friends and family members. There is nothing tackier than a text message from your best friend saying, “I’m engaged!” Make the extra effort to call. Everyone will really appreciate it.

  2. Make sure you complete the previous step before posting anything on social media. Once you’ve made all of your important phone calls, Instagram the heck out of that ring, girl!

  3. Discuss timing with your fiancé. When is a good time for the wedding? In a few months? In a year? This is essential to know when hunting for a venue.

  4. Find the venue before anything else! Venue availability will help you determine the exact date and time of your wedding. A good number of wedding venues require you to book very far in advance, so it is good to start looking at venues early, even if you are planning on having a long engagement.

  5. Meet with a wedding planner. The planner will help keep you on track throughout your engagement period, and in my opinion, is the most essential asset in keeping (some of) your sanity during wedding planning!

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.

 

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rebecca and Peter met on a cold and drizzly September day on a geological field trip in western Vermont. Despite the miserable weather, the two hit it off and eventually started dating. They decided to have their wedding in Vermont because they were excited to share how exceptional the state is for everything from the people, to the scenery, to the food. Surrounded by their families and best friends, it was the perfect evening of great food, beer, and company - everything they love in life.

One of their favorite moments of the evening was their impromptu performance with their band of the song “Lawyers, Guns, and Money” by Warren Zevon. They had asked the band to learn the song since it was one of their favorites, but little did they know they would be the ones singing it! With all of their guests singing along with them it is a special moment they will always remember.

Rebecca and Peter’s advice for other couples planning their wedding is: “Take a deep breath… It will all work out and be great! You will hire people that do this for a living and will help take care of all of the details you are probably stressing over.”

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

Rebecca & Peter Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | The Round Barn, Waitsfield Vermont | Vermont Bride Magazine

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