Weddings At The Mariner Resort, Ogunquit Maine

Here at Sperry Tents Seacoast we are quite busy visiting with couples measuring for a busy 2018 wedding season. Michael Parkin our owner  visited today with a lovely couple having a wedding at this wonderful water view location at The Mariner Resort  734 Main St Ogunquit Maine. They are renting a 46×125 Sperry Sailcloth Tent and dance floor  for their May 2018 wedding.

Congratulations on your engagement.  Our Sperry team looks forward to working with you!

Tented Weddings On Chebeague Island In Portland Harbor Maine

Today I had the opportunity to visit the Inn On Chebeague Island in Portland Harbor Maine. Sperry is now  producing more and more weddings on The Casco Bay Islands.The Wedding is going to be at the Inn on Chebeague

I traveled the very talented Brigid Amendo of Landfall Designs to plan a July 2018 wedding at the Inn.

This island wedding is going to feature our exclusive 46×105 Coastal Clear Tent.  We will also be providing a 32 round clear tent for cocktails.  We will post the wedding photos in a summer 2018 blog.    Can’t wait!


Why Do Brides Need To Have Something Old, New, Borrowed, And Blue?

Reader’s Digest

Claire Nowak4/18/2017

The traditional wedding rhyme goes: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a sixpence in your shoe.

It describes the four (technically five) objects a bride should have with her on her wedding day for good luck, and brides have been following this custom for centuries. But why?

The mantra started as a Victorian-era rhyme that came out of the English country Lancashire. In that time, the ‘something blue’ was usually a garter, and the blue and old items protected the bride against the Evil Eye, a curse passed through a malicious glare that could make the bride infertile. ‘Something borrowed’ was preferably the undergarment of a woman who already had children. Legend says that wearing this would confuse the Evil Eye into thinking the bride was already fertile, and the curse would be thwarted. (Find out where the bouquet toss comes from.)

These special items have taken on slightly different meanings today, but their symbolism is still important for brides on their special day. According to The Knot, ‘something old’ stands for continuity; ‘something new’ shows optimism for the future; ‘something borrowed’ symbolizes borrowed happiness; and ‘something blue’ represents purity, love, and fidelity.

And if a non-British bride is so lucky to find a sixpence to put in her shoe, she uses it as a wish for good fortune and prosperity. With all that settled, here’s why bridesmaids all wear the same color.

The Maine Wedding Network In Maine Promotes The Maine Wedding Industry.

We are super excited to be attending the Maine Wedding Networks annul meet-up for the talented wedding professional who provide high end services for Maine Weddings.


It is organized by Maria Northcott of Bath Maine who is a fantastic wedding officiant and  owns A Sweet Start .


Tonight s event is at the wonderful wedding venue The Garden Gate in Sebago Maine Last year this event  was at the beautiful Maine Maritime Museum in Bath Maine


This fantastic event provides an opportunity for Maine wedding professionals to develop business relationships, create new ideas and discuss cutting edge designs for 2018 brides.


Sperry Tents will be represented by Liz Simays and Michael Parkin   We hope to see you there!

I had a wonderful meeting with Anne Tracy of Salty and Sweet event Planing in Kennebunkport at my new favorite coffee shop  Boulangerie at 5 Nasons Court in Kennebunk Maine.  Anne is a very experienced and talented event planner.  I have attached a photo of an event we did this summer on River Locks Rd Kennebunkport  Maine.  Stunning!

8 Things Every Bride Should Know, According To Rachel Zoe

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Rachel Zoe has been a bride once – and a bridal stylist

too many times to count – so she knows what it takes to make sure the big day goes off without a hitch. Here are her eight pro tips for a flawless wedding day.

  1. Make sure to carry a snack.

“Definitely keep a little snack in your bag, along with gum and mints. You’re going to be talking to 700 people that night, and you’re not going to eat for many, many, many hours.” Continue reading

Out With the Old, In With the New: Wedding Etiquette Rules Rewritten

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Jaimie Mackey 7/14/2017

So much of a wedding is about tradition, from wearing white to the vows many couples choose to exchange. There’s something so special about celebrating this milestone moment in a way it has been done for decades (if not centuries!), but there’s also something wonderful and empowering about being able to update those traditions to reflect modern times and your own values as a couple. Our experts tackle eight time-honored pieces of wedding advice that have been rewritten for modern brides and grooms—just in time for your “I do’s!”

The Old: Only engaged or married guests are invited with a “plus one.”

Traditionally, wedding etiquette dictates that in order to be invited with a date, there needed to be a ring on your finger, no matter how long you’d been together, or how soon an engagement is coming.

The New: Couples in long-term or serious relationships are invited together, even if they aren’t engaged or married. With more couples dating for a longer time and living together before getting married (or even choosing not to marry at all), the ring rule just doesn’t apply these days. Instead, extend an invitation as a couple to anyone who is in a committed relationship. And of course, you could give your wedding party a plus one no matter what! On the other side of the coin, many couples opt to keep their weddings small by not offering plus ones at all.

The Old: The bride’s parents foot the bill.

Old wedding etiquette states that the bride’s parents pay for the wedding, no questions asked.

The New: Either set of parents—or the couple themselves—may contribute some or all of the wedding budget. While many couples and families do still honor the tradition of having the bride’s parents pay for the wedding, more and more are opting to contribute a portion (or the entirety) of the budget from their own bank account. Before you start making payments, sit down and discuss the budget and talk to both of your parents to figure out exactly who is contributing what.

The Old: Registry information should be spread by word of mouth only.

The wedding party and relatives of the couple were expected to spread the word about the couple’s registry on their behalf.

The New: Registry information is shared on the couple’s wedding Web site. It still isn’t kosher to put any registry information on your invitation, but that doesn’t mean the couple can’t participate in spreading the word. A wedding Web site is the perfect place to provide links to online registries, as well as list any in-store registries the couple might have.

The Old: The bride wears white.

Ever since Queen Victoria wore white to marry Prince Albert in 1840, the crisp and pure hue has been de rigueur for any bride’s walk down the aisle.

The New: The bride wears whatever she wants. In addition to ivory and cream, colored and patterned wedding dresses are making it possible for a bride to really express her personality. From blush to black, floral to striped (and of course, the bridal jumpsuit or tuxedo), today’s brides are donning whatever makes them look and feel their best.

The Old: Favors are a must.

Wedding favors find their root in European bonbonnieres—little porcelain boxes filled with sweets to show off the family’s wealth and stature—then evolved into Jordan almonds (signifying wishes of health, wealth, fertility, longevity, and happiness) given to guests, and are now often tchotchkes embellished with the couple’s name and wedding date.

The New: Favors in the form of snacks (or nothing at all). We all have way too many of those aforementioned tchotchkes hidden in our junk drawers, and there’s a chance you’ll end up with dozens of shot glasses with your own names on them when the wedding is over. And do they really say “thanks for coming” anyway? Instead, write each guest a heartfelt message on their thank you note, and send them home with something everyone wants at the end of a night of drinking: snacks! Pick a treat that the two of you love, whether it be your favorite cookie recipe to burgers packaged to go.

Related: 10 Fascinating Wedding Traditions From Around The World (Provided by Reader’s Digest)

The Old: Guests sit on the bride’s or groom’s side at the ceremony.

Traditionally (especially at weddings in houses of worship), guests sit on either the bride’s side (left in a Christian wedding, right in a Jewish wedding) or the groom’s side (right in a Christian wedding, left in a Jewish wedding) of the ceremony space based on who they are related to or are a guest of.

The New: Choose a seat, not a side. Unless the religious ceremony is particularly conservative, many couples are encouraging guests to mingle as they take a seat. After all, you’ll all be family when it’s over!

The Old: The bride walks down the aisle with her father.

Back in the days when your father actually was giving you away, it was a must to have him escort you to the altar. In Jewish weddings, both parents escort each partner down the aisle, with the groom and his parents walking at the beginning of the processional, and the bride and her parents walking at the end.

The New: Both partners can get creative with their processional. When it comes to walking down the aisle, these days there are no rules! You can adopt traditions from other faiths (the Jewish tradition, above, has become quite popular outside of Jewish weddings), walk down the aisle together, tap another family member or friend to escort you, walk on your own, or skip it altogether and simply be waiting at the altar for the ceremony to begin.

The Old: Save the top tier of your cake for your first anniversary.

To celebrate a year of marriage, couples save the top tier of their wedding cake and stash it in the freezer.

The New: Mark the occasion with a new cake—or something else! Even with multiple layers of plastic wrap and tinfoil, there’s a chance your cake will be worse-for-wear by the time your anniversary comes around. Instead of digging into freezer-burned sweets, ask your baker to make a new, small cake for your anniversary. You could also grab a cake from a local bakery or whip one up yourselves, or skip the cake and celebrate with a great bottle of wine (or whiskey!).


Rets Roost Event At Throwback Brewery In North Hampton New Hampshire

Saturday we worked with Throwback Brewery in North Hampton New Hampshire on a fundraiser for Retts Roost. Retts Roost was established to create a sanctuary for families who have or had  a child afflicted by Cancer.  Please support their beautiful mission at




Sperry Tents of The Seacoast & The Groton Inn In Iconic Groton Mass.

Today I was invited to meet with Holly Varney of The Groton Inn.  This beautiful facility located in iconic Groton Mass. burnt to the ground in 2011. It took years of effort to gain approvals to rebuild the inn.

Today’s visit was remarkable. The architecture and workmanship in the new facility is a site to be seen.  They are creating a specific area for tented weddings. The site rivals any tent venue in Northern New England. It has rolling hills and beautiful trees with hundreds of cattle grazing in the backdrop.  It is right out of a movie!

I strongly recommend that clients call Holly at the Inn for a wedding package.




Sperry Tents On The Water In York Maine

This fantastic photo was created by the amazing  Ashley Jardim of She of the Woods Photography.  We worked together on the August 22, 2017 wedding. The venue is The Viewpoint Hotel in York Maine.  The Photo is of a 46×85 Sperry Sailcloth Tent.