Here’s a good article on tipping suggestions by Alison Silber, founder and creative director for Engaged And Inspired wedding publication and guest blogger for Bridal Guide Magazine.
Tipping is supposed to act as a reward, so you don’t need to consider it a mandatory expense. Tips are meant to be given for excellent service or for vendors who go above and beyond their contracted duties. Before dishing out gratuity, check your contracts. Some vendors, especially venues and catering companies, will include it in their contract to help eliminate confusion.
Here is a complete guide to which vendors you should tip (and how much!) on your wedding day.
Sperry Tents Seacoast was island bound again today! These are pictures of our 66×106 Sperry Tent set on House Island in Casco Bay, Portland Maine.
We were honored to work for Demilos Yacht Sales of Portland Maine. Lani Toscano Designs masterminded this wonderful event. They are the dealer for Bertram Yachts and are hosting their clients for the weekend.
W C Seacoast provided this beautiful cottage restroom trailer for this weekend’s wedding in Falmouth, Maine.
W.C. Seacoast is a division of Sperry Tents Seacoast.
What a busy weekend! 5 different events at 5 stunning locations, all featuring a job well done by the Sperry crews. We start with simple lighting lit up the café garden at Josiah’s Farm in York, Maine this past weekend creating such a beautiful feel. Our convenient portable restroom was also put to use on the farm. Our next job was at Prout’s Neck in Scarborough, Maine overlooking Saco Bay. Another stop brought us to Kennebunkport at the Nonantum Resort and the Breakwater Inn & Spa. Last but not least; The Wentworth By the Sea Country Club in Rye, NH.
Here’s a good article on traditional wedding dress fabrics by Jolene M. Bouchon from Brides Magazine.
Not all wedding dress fabrics are created equally. Some fabrics are better suited for structured designs, others are great for flowing, light looks, and others for larger-than-life ballgowns. Before you jump into wedding dress shopping, learn what to expect when it comes to fabric. We talked to Terry Hall, fashion director at Kleinfeld Bridal in New York, about the six fabrics most often used to create wedding dresses and why they work. Read on to learn more about these gorgeous fabrics and why they each make an excellent choice for gowns. Continue reading
This is the fantastic view our tent installers had this morning! You have to love the view!
We were aboard the Lionel Plante on our way to Chebeague Island in Yarmouth on Casco Bay Maine. Our team was on its away to install our proprietary coastal clear tent wedding tent at the Chebeague Island Inn.
This prestigious wedding is planned by Brigid Amendo of Landfall Designs.
When you first begin the planning process, without a doubt one of the first things you address with your partner is a wedding budget. It’s essential to know exactly how much money you have to allocate to the things you find the most important for your big day, and dictates pretty much all of your decisions going forward in the planning process. So what areas should you splurge on, and on what areas should you save? We chatted with Julie Guinta, the design director at one of our favorite event design companies, Rye Workshop, for her top tips on where to splurge and where to save money on your wedding!
Where to splurge
Hire an event designer
“I have to say it, hire an Event Designer! If you want your wedding to have a design edge, having someone help you with your vision, guide your decisions, manage your budget and just be your advocate leading up to your big day takes a huge load of you so that you can enjoy being engaged.”
“Spring for one (or two!) large installs for your reception — over the bar, dance floor, entry to your reception space. Wow your guests with an awesome, memorable, and, yes, Instagram-friendly install! This adds so much to space and allows for you to be conservative on your tablescapes.”
“Either a layer of candlelight, bistro lights, pin spots or disco balls! It is a great way to highlight the work that has been done to your space and create a mood. Everyone looks really good with some soft candlelight!”
“Know when to splurge on florals. Yes, peonies are absolutely gorgeous but having them absolutely everywhere can drive up your floral budget exponentially. Go ahead and splurge, but use these stunners sparingly and where your guests can admire them up close.”
Where to save
“Save on paper goods — ie. programs, welcome booklets, menus, etc. Most guests will not read these and the cost adds up. And you save trees! Have an awesome website that your guests can access from their phone and beautiful signage with calligraphy sharing your event details.”
“It’s an hour long and people are busy catching up and getting cocktails. Have an awesome bar arrangement and use your money where your guests are for the most amount of time, the reception.”
Welcome bags and bathroom baskets
“I have seen so many clients spend a good amount of their budget supplying their guests with bottles of water, small snacks, wedding-centric first aid kits, and items branded with their wedding logo. Most of your guests come prepared for the weekend. No need to supply things that they probably already have in their luggage. If you’re set on having a branded gift, think of a cute phrase instead of your initials that will live past the weekend.”
“Opt for mix-and-match table decor. A vintage wine glass, colorful dessert plate, beautiful napkin or cool table number can add color, design, and texture to your table, and you don’t have to find all one type of glass—just work within your color pallet. Facebook Marketplace is a go-to option for finding great treasures in your local area for less. And you can sell those things back on Marketplace after the event to add a little extra money back into your budget.”
Here is some must have information on Marriage licenses and required certificates. When it is time for you to get married give us a call we service Maine, New Hampshire, and North Shore of Massachusetts.
Brides Jaimie Mackey
What’s the difference between a marriage license and a marriage certificate? A marriage license is what you get first, and it’s basically an application to be married. When you’ve filled it all out, had your ceremony, gotten it signed and your officiant has turned it back into the county, then you receive a marriage certificate that proves, in fact, you are married.
Here’s everything you need to do, step-by-step, to get (and complete) your marriage license, and subsequently, your marriage certificate.
Step 1: Set a Date and Place for Your Wedding
Before you can apply for a marriage license, you need to know where and when you’ll be getting married. Why? Because you typically must file your marriage license application in the county in which you’ll be getting married.
Furthermore, marriage licenses expire. Some, for example, expire after 90 days. If you’re planning your wedding one year in advance of the date, then, you must wait to apply for the marriage license until some point within the final 90 days before the wedding, or you’ll have run out of time to use the marriage license and end up having to apply all over again.
On the other hand, you can’t wait until the very last minute either, because many states require you to go through a waiting period before getting married. In Texas, for example, you must wait at least 72 hours before getting married after you apply for a marriage license to get married, meaning that if you put this off until two to three days before the wedding, the license wouldn’t even be valid yet.
Once you know when you’re getting married, you can plan your visit to the county clerk accordingly.
Step 2: Visit the County Clerk
The easiest place to go for your marriage license is the county clerk’s office. Make sure you carve out a couple of hours for this, as there may be a wait. You can even try to make an appointment before you show up so that you don’t have to wait too long. You and your significant other must both be present at the time of the marriage license application.
Here’s everything else you need to be prepared for during your visit to the county clerk:
- Make sure you don’t show up empty-handed, as you’ll both need to show proof of your identity. Each state’s requirements are a little different, so be sure to check with your county clerk before heading in to find out what they specifically require. Typically, however, you’ll need a driver’s license or passport, but you may also need a birth certificate.
- Some states even require a witnessfor the marriage license application, so be prepared to ask a friend (who has known you at least six months) to tag along.
- You will also need to know some information about your parents. You will need both your parents full birth names, birthdates, their birth state, and dates of passingif applicable.
- If it’s not your first marriage, you will also need to bring your certificate of divorceor the death certificate, respectively, as proof you are able to legally remarry.
- If you’re under 18, you’ll need to bring a parent to provide consent.
- There is a fee to apply for a marriage license, typically between $35 and $150depending on your state and county (yet another expense to add to your wedding budget).
- If you are a planning on changing your name, now — during your visit to the county clerk to apply for your marriage license — is the best time to do that. While you will still retain your maiden name until you actually get married, this will let the court officially know what your new name will be. Not only do you need to know what you want your official last name to be, but your middle name, as well. You have many options, of course: You can keep your name the exactly the same. You can take your partner’s name (or vice versa). You can hyphenate your maiden name with your partner’s last name. You can replace your middle name with your maiden name. Heck, the two of you can legally even make an entirely new last name. If you haven’t decided if you’re going to change your name, you can, of course, wait until a later time. However, if you wait, the only way to alter it down the road is through an official name change, which costs hundreds of dollars (and yet another visit to the county clerk). So, if you can figure out what you’d like to do beforeobtaining your marriage license, it’ll save you time and money down the road.
Once you’ve proven your identity, turned in your paperwork and paid your fee, you’ll be granted a marriage license. Some states will hand you the marriage license right then and there, but others will mail it out to you within a few days.
Step 3: Get Signatures From Your Officiant and Marriage License Witnesses
Now that you have your marriage license, it’s time to gather up some signatures. While the requirements for signing a marriage license vary from state to state, most require signatures from the following people.
Naturally, the couple must be present when it’s time to sign the marriage license post-ceremony. It’s better to get this taken care of early on, before the party gets going and the drinks start flowing. This is one wedding detail you do not want to forget!
Whoever legally performed your ceremony, whether it was a judge, a religious leader, or a friend ordained for the day, must also sign the license. There will be a line for them to sign their name, as well as specify their title or ordination. But note: There are a few states (Colorado, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, and parts of Pennsylvania) where you can self-unite or self-solemnize your marriage, which means that not only does the officiant not need to sign your marriage license, you don’t have to have one in the first place!
These could be your parents, your maid of honor and best man, or any other friends you nominate for the honor. They must be physically present and, well, witness the two of you signing the marriage license. In most states, the marriage license witnesses must also be over the age of 18. Typically you will need two witnesses, but in some states you only need one.
Step 5: The Officiant Turns In the Completed Marriage License to the County
After the ceremony, it’s the officiant’s responsibility to turn the marriage license back into the county clerk, either by mail or in person. After that, you’re all set! Depending on where you live, you will either be mailed a certified copy, or you will need to go in person to pick up certified copies (in which case, prepare yourself for another fee.
You might be wondering, though, why you even need these copies if it’s all official. You’ll need certified copies of your marriage certificate for a number of things. For example, you may need to send copies of it to change your marital status for insurance (car, health, etc.), Social Security (if you’re changing your name), your credit cards, your bank accounts, and the IRS, to mention just a few.