3 Things All Summer Brides Are Probably Feeling Right Now

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Allison Moir-Smith

 

Getting married in this summer? You’re busy. Very busy. Though you have been planning this wedding for months (years?), now it’s crunch time. No more lingering on Pinterest. It’s final decisions and final deposits only. You’re attending showers. Writing thank-you notes. Exercising, eating right, and sleeping so you look your best. Getting those final beauty and hair treatments to guarantee you gleam and shine on your big day. And still keeping your head above water at your paying job and squeezing in quality time with your man. Your days are packed. Just take a look at your Google calendar. But here’s what’s happening in your emotional life right now. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Marriage Rules You Should Break

IMG_8132Forget age-old axioms for long-term wedded bliss

BY DENISE SCHIPANI

 

The two of you should do everything together; work out every disagreement (without actually fighting); spend every night in the same bed; and never, ever be bored. Say what?! These and other so-called “rules” for marriage need some serious debunking. And it’s not just because rules your mother may have passed on are outdated; some may be downright damaging. In fact, “breaking some marriage ‘rules’ may be the best thing you can do for your relationship,” says Barbara Bartlein, RN, MSW, psychotherapist and author of Why Did I Marry You Anyway? Here are 10 rules you can break with confidence.

1. Never go to bed angry. 
Where did this one come from? Turns out, it may go as far back as the Bible, which advises not letting the sun go down on your anger. But trying to work through a problem when you’re tired and stressed won’t get you anywhere, says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, psychologist and author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. “Agree to disagree for now, and to revisit the issue when you’re rested.” Read the rest of this entry »

Wentworth By The Sea Country Club Wedding :: Whitney & Grayson

by Lexi Photography

Oh my goodness. This post is going to be a bit of an image overload and I do apologize in advance.

Whitney and Grayson are the kind of couple that makes you just a little bit jealous. I mean…they are impeccably dressed, gorgeous, fun, and absolutely adorable together. These two made me smile all day long and I couldn’t wait to share this post! They were married on a beautiful, sunny (and hot!) day last weekend. These two are living down south so I blamed them for bringing the heat with them. ;)

On the wedding day Grayson wore a traditional black tux but changed into a white dinner coat (love that) for the reception. Whitney wore a stunning gown that looked like it was custom made for her. It had a beautiful belted bow and I especially loved the off-the-shoulder lace bolero that she wore for the church and formals and then took off for the reception…incredible! The girls had beautiful navy dresses that also included a low back with a large bow—so cute! The details were bright and clean and Wentworth By The Sea Country Club was a perfect backdrop for their Sperry tented reception. We went out at sunset to grab photos of these two and I think you’ll agree that it was worth every minute we stole away. :) Big love!

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Why He’s Afraid to Say “I Do”

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8 things that terrify men when it comes to marriage

By Woman’s Day

Surprise! Staying committed to one woman for the rest of their lives isn’t husbands’ biggest concern. They did freely choose to get married, after all. But that doesn’t mean your man is fear-free about marriage. Issues like putting him second in your life and bashing him with your friends may scare him. “Husbands’ fears are rooted primarily in rejection and self-consciousness,” says licensed marriage therapist Carin Goldstein, creator of BetheSmartWife.com. Read on for eight common fears husbands have about marriage, plus expert advice on how to ease them.

1. He’ll be on the back burner.

With kids, jobs and more vying for your attention, it’s easy for a husband to feel like he’s second best. “As marriages progress, men often feel that all they’re good for is a paycheck,” says Julie Orlov, psychotherapist, speaker and author of The Pathway to Love. To remind your husband that he’s still important to you, Orlov suggests carving out 30 minutes of one-on-one time each day with no talk of kids, in-laws or money.

2. You’ll turn into your (or his!) mother.

He loves the charming qualities you possess that remind him of his mom—like your superhero parenting skills and incredible work ethic—but he doesn’t want (or need) two mothers. Likewise, there are probably a few things about your mother that get on his nerves. And many husbands worry their wives will inherit those characteristics, says Karen Sherman, PhD, author of Marriage Magic! Find It, Keep It and Make It Last. She suggests acknowledging the situation with something like, “I know my mother annoys you sometimes. Let me know if you notice me doing those same things.” It’s a simple way to allay this fear. Read the rest of this entry »

Thank You for a Fabulous Collaboration!

Good morning!

On behalf of Meagan Kilpatrick at Maine Seasons Events, I would like to thank you for a fabulous collaboration this past Saturday at Alex & Charlie’s wedding at the Breakwater Inn in Kennebunkport. Your team is consistently professional and proactive. And, in terms of personalities – all so polite and a true pleasure to work with!

We look forward to working with you again!

Sincerely,
Marianne Vold
Associate Coordinator
Maine Seasons Events
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How to Keep the Bride Happy on the Wedding Day

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The number one question a bridesmaid or a maid of honor will ask themselves , will ask others, will even spend countless hours asking the internet is, “How can I be there for the bride the most?” Sure, being there in person is always helpful . Showing up for the engagement party and the bridal shower and even the bachelorette party. But when it comes down to it, the number one thing the bride is looking forward to you doing, is being there on her wedding day, being there to keep her calm and to help her shake off some of those nerves like only you know how to do. Want to know how to keep the bride happy, no matter what, on her wedding day? Here’s three tips to help make that happen.

1. Keep her well fed.

Make sure she’s eaten a good breakfast and a hearty lunch. Also make sure she’s well hydrated. Keep a couple of bottles of water around with a straw so she can take occasional sips — without ruining her lipstick.

2. Play some good tunes.

If things are feeling a little stressful or you feel the bride’s energy is slipping a little, bust out a playlist of her favorite songs . Turn the pre-wedding jitters into a pre-wedding dance party.

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3. Give her some space.

Depending on the size of the bridal party, the behind-the-scenes of the morning of the wedding can get a bit stuffy and loud. If there’s a lot going on, round up the other bridesmaids and ask everyone to give the bride a little breathing room and a mental break.

 

9 Tricks to Keep the Dance Floor Packed at Your Wedding


Man and boy dancing at a tented weddingMany of us over look how and when to keep the dance floor packed with happy wedding guests. Some of the best moments happen during this part of the celebrations. Brides.com has a great article that addresses this with their “9 tricks to keeping the dance floor packed at your wedding”. Elizabeth gives some solid advice and may generate ideas or solutions you may not have thought of. Also check out the additional links for song list suggestions and the websites of the vendors that were interviewed in each category. You will also find good ideas located there.

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Elizabeth Mitchell

 

There’s no bigger buzz kill at a wedding than an empty dance floor. Ideally, you want your guests to be up and on their feet and grooving to the sound of the music all night long. So how do you get the party started and keep it going then (which is the hard part, of course)? We asked a few wedding insiders to break it down for us.

  1. Listen to your DJ

While asking your guests for song requests and giving your DJ some general guidance is great, please don’t turn him or her into a human iPod by listing out every single jam under the sun you’d like played, says Ashish Patel, owner of Volcanik Entertainment . “An experienced DJ will already have the know how to read the crowd and play the type of music they’re enjoying .” Read the rest of this entry »

How To Rent a Wedding Tent

29-f3c86a66dcYou can’t pick your weather, but you can prepare for it Here is a great article on wedding and event tent rental pros and cons by MegHotchkiss, LVR Events in New York. Meg covers all the bases addressing the why when and how of renting a tent and all the associated equipment that goes inside the tent. We offer a complete solution for all your rental needs so give us a call we are ready to help.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that I learned early on in my career as an event planner—you can control a great number of things, but the weather will never be one of them. I know, I know. This isn’t want you want to hear. No one wants to rent a tent for their wedding. They can be expensive, and daunting to think about, and the sky is just so lovely this time of year. But if you have to rent a wedding tent (and don’t kid yourself: outdoor venue, no backup plan, high chance of rain? You may have to), then you’re going to want to make sure you price that in your “affordable and easy” outdoor venue cost early on, and then keep reading. Because there is actually (surprisingly) kind of a lot you need to know: Read the rest of this entry »

The Outdoor Wedding Planning Guide

Birchblaze Sperry Tent 3The seacoast of New Hampshire, Down East Maine, North Shore or the lakes region, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts is tailor made for an outdoor wedding. From the rocky Maine coast to the soft sand beaches of Cranes Beach in Ipswich we provide that outdoor tented wedding you dream about.

It really doesn’t matter where you go the views are breathtaking. We are truly blessed to live in such a diverse part of the world. Within a 2 hour drive we have it all Lakes, Mountain’s, and types of Beaches to choose from. A White Mountain wedding or maybe on a lake front in the Wiers, rocky coast of York and Kennebuck in one of the many Maine & New Hampshire state parks.

By Anja Winikka

There’s something special about an outdoor wedding: the unparalleled beauty of a rocky ocean shore, a romantic botanical garden, the warm familiarity of your own backyard. But as gorgeous as these sites are, there’s also a significant amount of legwork and orchestration that goes into planning an alfresco celebration. From the lighting to the loo, here’s how to pull off a flawless tented reception.
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Having a summer wedding?

The Sperry experience allows you to dream your wildest dreams for that perfect wedding experience. We love to share the success stories from our family of Sperry locations across this great nation. With over 30 years experience on the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine we have been involved in some pretty amazing outdoor events. We are always ready to talk to you about your next outdoor wedding or corporate event so connect with us today.

Our friends over at the knot.com and author Kate Wood have put together another great article. This one is on a timely subject, summer wedding season. The “what’s hot now” is right on the mark. We handle all of the outdoor event rental equipment so are up on these very trends! Our linen is bright and colorful, tables and chairs come in many different styles, tents, lighting, flooring and staging encompass all the latest trends. Give us a call today, the consultation is free!

8 Hot Summer Wedding Trends

Summer is a popular time for weddings, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with the summer wedding tradition standbys. Read on for eight new ideas for your summer celebration.
By Kate Wood
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